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How Germany’s Universal Health-Care System Works

Germany’s health-care system spends nearly half as much as the United States but still manages to cover 100% of its population through a mix of public and private insurance schemes. There are two different systems that residents can turn to for insurance in Germany: SHI, which stands for Statutory Health Insurance and PHI or Private Health Insurance. Here’s how they work.

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How Germany’s Universal Health-Care System Works

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Frugal innovation in healthcare | The Economist

Two million people need life-saving heart operations in India every year—but only 5% will get them. Pioneering heart surgeon Dr Devi Shetty is on a mission to make world-class treatment available to all. Find out how in Health without wealth

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In an Indian Hospital, doctors prepare a two-year-old girl for potentially life-saving surgery. She’s going under the knife in the world’s busiest cardiac hospital. But it’s not enough – two million people need life-saving heart operations in India every year. Only a fraction of who will get them.

Globally an aging population and chronic long-term illnesses are placing an ever greater burden on health systems already struggling with mounting costs. Patients worldwide could soon be paying the price – but can doctors find solutions that won’t cost us our lives?

In this rural region of India, most people are subsistence farmers. This two year old girl is about to embark on a life-saving journey. Without surgery she faces a lifetime of chronic illness, breathing problems, and potential heart failure – but she’s one of the lucky ones. She’s been given the opportunity to go to the city for the treatment she desperately needs.

Globally there’s a chronic illness epidemic that’s increasing year-on-year. Illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and some cancers now account for 70% of worldwide deaths.

With growing life expectancy comes rising populations and increased pressure on health systems to cope with this silent epidemic. According to Dr. Shetty, of the two million people who need heart operations in India annually, only 5% will get them.

He and his colleagues have taken a radical step to make it affordable. It’s an approach they call frugal innovation. Here surgeries like hers cost as little as 3% of those carried out in western hospitals. When managed like this, hospitals are only used for critical treatments. It’s an approach that’s starting to have resonance well beyond this hospital in India.

In New York City, more than one in five people suffer from chronic
diseases like diabetes. With mounting pressure on the local health systems an innovative new project is trying to cut hospital admissions by helping the most vulnerable patients in their own homes. These health coaches have no formal medical training
but they meet weekly with their clients to help them understand and manage their conditions. These health coaches are recruited from the neighborhoods in which they work so they understand the challenges faced by the people here. It’s this local connection that enables Hilda to motivate and educate her clients.

In just two years it’s claimed this community initiative has averted emergency hospital visits for a quarter of their clients. They’re now working with New York’s Department of Health to help redesign how it delivers care to patients with all kinds of long-term chronic diseases.

In India, hospitals can benefit from light touch regulation, cheap land and far lower labour costs. in the West, healthcare providers can’t hope to replicate this model – but they do need to implement their own frugal innovation. One of London’s oldest hospitals is working with a health innovation studio to save time, money, and lives.

It’s not run by medical professionals but designers. Today they’re testing a mobile phone app that could help over a million children in the UK manage another chronic condition – asthma. This child-friendly app is designed to encourage kids to monitor their condition and alert them to triggers in the hope it will avert
hospital admissions.

Britain’s National Health Service spends 1 billion pounds a year treating asthma, yet it’s estimated that 75% of hospital admissions are avoidable. Cheap, simple, and effective innovations like this app could potentially have a huge impact on
health budgets. Not just in the UK but around the world. While pressure on healthcare systems varies from country to country they all share one common challenge – to maintain standards while reducing costs.

Medical pioneers alone can never solve the countless problems facing global healthcare, but they can provide inspiration –
especially if saving money can help to save more lives

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Health Care: Does Canada Do It Better?

Stossel: Government-run health care may mean waiting in line for care. For more on this story go to

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Trump delivers remarks on transparency in healthcare prices

President Trump will deliver remarks on honesty and transparency in healthcare prices.

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Trump delivers remarks on healthcare amid impeachment proceedings

President Trump speaks at an event on ‘honesty and transparency in healthcare prices’ as day 2 of public impeachment hearings are expected to wrap up. #FoxNewsLive #FoxNews

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by admin - November 16, 2019 at 3:22 am

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MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Fourth Industrial Revolution opens new era of AI-based healthcare

4차 산업혁명과 인공지능… 의료에 변화온다
Artificial intelligence is a fourth industrial revolution technology that’s helping to lessen the burden on doctors.
The data-driven technology helps securing the most up-to-date medical data,… and increases accuracy and efficiency in diagnosing and curing patients.
Our news feature tonight with Oh Jung-hee.

The AI-healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing branches of the fourth industrial revolution.
It’s expected to expand by more than ten times through 2020, as IT companies jump on the bandwagon to connect technology and healthcare.

One of the innovations that’s attracting attention is the Watson for Oncology system, developed by IBM and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
This cognitive computing system helps doctors diagnose and treat cancer patients.
It uses machine learning algorithms… to analyze patients’ medical records… and identify treatment options for doctors and patients.
Korea’s Gachon University Gil Medical Center in Incheon decided to join medical centers in the U.S., Thailand and India in implementing the technology, and it will start using it in December.

“Medical knowledge nearly doubles every year. And it’s difficult for clinicians to keep up with a large volume of research that’s constantly being updated and recommend the best practices for patients. The roles have to be divided, and artificial intelligence can do that better than humans.”

Vuno-med, recently developed by a Korean start-up, created to help doctors diagnose Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease by using deep learning algorithms.
It identifies different types of lung tissue damage using colors instead of the grayscale used in CT scans.
The shades of gray in the scans didn’t always provide doctors with clear visualization of lung tissue damage,… sometimes leading them to make an incorrect diagnosis.
Vuno-med was created to correct the problem, and it taught itself how to do it… by analyzing diagnostic information and patient data from Asan Medical Center.

“In this case, doctors thought that there was mostly this type of damage, seen here in red. But our program discovered other types of tissue damage as well, based on what it learned through doctors’ diagnoses.”

The company’s business developer says that when various algorithms are integrated, the program could help provide an accurate diagnosis of almost any disease.

“If Vuno-med is upgraded to simultaneously analyze various sorts of data by collecting a number of algorithms,… we will be able to diagnose any disease a patient has,… going much further than just confirming whether it’s a certain disease.”

Considering the technology’s potential, many are predicting that it will only be a matter of time before AI systems start substituting a doctor’s role in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

Experts say, however, that it’s unlikely AI will ever replace doctors completely.

“Individual devices, pieces of data and algorithms… will all be organized into one system that’s optimized for patients. This will, in turn, assist humans and increase their capabilities, not replace them. Then, the human doctor — who has a full understanding of each technology — can act like an orchestra conductor. He or she makes the final decision.”

As the technology becomes more widespread, there will be more opportunities for patients to receive equally good medical care, regardless of where they are.

“People won’t necessarily have to visit well-known hospitals far away in the capital of Seoul. They will be offered a similar level of treatment at their local hospitals. In general, this will lower the barriers to high-quality treatment for people in desperate situations.”

The key will be for doctors to have a full grasp of the technology so they can make the most of the tools at their disposal…
and lead the way into a future where everyone enjoys an equally accurate, safe and high-quality standard of care.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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Why China can provide 1.4 billion people with healthcare coverage

Chinese hospitals treat about 8 billion patients per year. To tackle the global challenge posed by medical insurance, China firmly believes that “an all-around moderately prosperous society cannot be achieved without the people’s all-around health. Public health should be given priority in the country’s development strategy.” Check out this video and have a look why China can provide 1.4 billion people with healthcare coverage.

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How single-payer health care works, in 2 minutes

Vox explains how single-payer health care systems work — and how well patients do in them.

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Why Can’t America Have a Grown-Up Healthcare Conversation?

In which John discusses the tradeoffs involved in health care reform, and why the 70% of Americans who are happy with their personal health care make it difficult to achieve more than incremental changes in the very expensive, very inefficient health care system in the United States. SOURCES:

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Only 32% of Americans think our healthcare system is good or excellent, but 69% are happy with their personal health care:

Over at the incidental economist, Aaron Carroll and Austin Frakt have written a LOT about the quality of U.S. healthcare outcomes compared to other countries. Intros here: and here:

The Kaiser Foundation has up-to-date stats on where people get their health insurance–the ACA exchanges get coverage to about 6% of people, 49% of people get coverage through their employers (or their family’s employer), 20% through Medicaid, 14% through Medicare, and 9% are uninfured:,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

Healthcare costs in the U.S. are very, very high compared to every other wealthy country, and have been for decades:

A Medicare-for-All program would lead to lower overall healthcare costs in the U.S., but also a lot of job loss (possibly as many as two million):

Even modest reductions in health insurance subsidies–like those proposed in the GOP repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act–would lead to tens of millions of people losing insurance coverage:

Other topics discussed include the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the relative modesty of Obamacare as a health care reform, and the benefits and tradeoffs of Bernie Sanders’ proposed single payer healthcare system, Medicare for All.

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