Saturday, January 14, 2012

This is really, really scarry

The Economist Intelligence Unit has just published a survey entitled : "A new vision for old ageRethinking health policy for Europe’s ageing society."

In 2011 the EIU surveyed 1,113 healthcare professionals in several European countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, as well as the Netherlands and countries in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Most of the respondents (741) are frontline healthcare staff, including doctors and nurses, and others are in policy/strategy; administration; research and development (R&D); manufacturing; or at non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Just look at the graphic. Wow, that is terrible. 

Unfortunately, this is going to be a recurring theme that will drive the actions of people in their 60s and 70s who don't want to face their last years in a decaying health and care system. Where there is a very defined fear there is a very defined product opportunity.

How the hell did we get our state provided health system in such an almighty mess. Solution, don't get old. 

The next two graphics are particularly concerning for Brits. We are continually being told how fantastic the NHS is but every shred of evidence, I mean real research not Government slanted stuff, shows the system is in terminal decline - at least in the way it deals with the ageing population.

The older, wealthy Brits are not going to trust the public health system. The conclusion, Private Health is in for a fantastic growth period.  Dick Stroud

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