In this short discussion video, Janet Dawson talks to PwC’s Ian Wootton, and Alan Milburn, former Secretary of State for Health, about what the NHS can contribute to and learn from global best practice in healthcare.
Because the NHS is unique, it attracts enormous interest from across the globe – not least because of the huge organisational change it has undergone in the last 15 years – but also because of the many good things it has achieved, such as an increase in public confidence and reduced waiting times.
However, the NHS - and the wider UK healthcare system – is, and will continue to, go through significant changes driven by social, economic and political pressures. Other countries have already addressed many of these healthcare challenges and can provide clear examples of how we can deliver healthcare more efficiently and at a higher quality.
Healthcare systems around the world share many of the same challenges – ageing populations, rising expectations and mounting costs. The need for change in health policies is gathering pace across the world, and PwC, through the Bending the cost curve initiative, has shown there is no sense in re-inventing the wheel where practical and adaptable solutions have already proven successful.
Bending the cost curve is a collaboration of the best minds from industry, academia and government worldwide, brought together by PwC to help tackle the global healthcare challenges.