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Patterns of Hope for a System Under Strain
Humanising Healthcare Challenge: 1% of 1%
This update is taken from the IFF Newsletter, November 2015
The months since publication of IFF Member Dr Margaret Hannah’s Humanising Healthcare have done nothing to diminish the force of its message: that modern health and social care systems around the world are financially unsustainable and another approach is imperative.
The book outlines that approach and offers a programme to invest just 1% of 1% of existing healthcare budgets in a transition strategy to restore over time a system that “sustains healthy, fulfilled lives at a fraction of the current cost”. Which Health Minister will be first to take up the challenge?
The book is generating a lot of interest. Health officials and practitioners in countries as diverse as Australia, Germany and Slovenia have been in touch to learn more – and we plan an international seminar next year to bring this growing community of interest together.
Closer to home, there have been a number of Humanising Healthcare seminars and conferences – not so much to spread the word as to validate this shift in healthcare practice which is already underway. We have now assembled a set of dedicated resources to support this shift in practice in the transformative innovation in healthcare area of our IFF Practice Centre.