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1 Challenges In Financing An Efficient Health Care System “Health Sans Frontieres” European Health Forum, Gastein 2006 Armin Fidler Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition, Population, Europe and Central Asia The World Bank

2 2 Why Everyone Talks About Health Financing …. Health and Economics – Why the health sector takes center stage: –Efficiency of public spending: Health as a large public outlay –Social safety nets, poverty, catastrophic events: Poverty as a determinant and an outcome of ill health –Labor market implications: Health as an engine of economic growth? Health as a commodity and “luxury good”? Major Cost Drivers as experienced during the transition period in NMS –Hospital Infrastructure –Pharmaceuticals –Staff salaries, labor mobility –Medical Technology

3 3 How To Go About Containing Costs? “Control knobs” to modulate health expenditures –Supply side: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Master Planning for Infrastructure and equipment Demographic, epidemiological, economic factors –Demand side: Demand modulation Co-payments OTC pharmaceuticals But also: “supply induced demand” – critical role of physicians and the availability of technology.

4 4 Health Care Spending In The New MS Varies from 8,1% of GDP in Slovenia to 5,4% of GDP in Estonia

5 5 Examples from the EU NMS Recent reforms: CZ, EE, H, LV, LT, PL, SK, SI (+RO, BG) – carried out health sector reforms of variable scope – but no discernable trend as far as directions and results. Health expenditures: not out of line compared to OECD, but sector in debt where expenditures consistently exceed revenues derived from payroll tax and budget allocations. Near term outlook: Drive for modernization, upgrading of technology and legacy of past creates pressure on expenditures and mandates to raise extra revenue and to contain costs.

6 6 Economic Growth: Strong growth has partially cushioned growth of health expenditures Source: Eurostat

7 7 Death Rates From Main Causes Scope for reducing mortality? Lifestyle – public health (primary+secondary prevention) Role of investment in evidence-based treatment protocols and modern technology? Source: WHO-EURO, HFA Database, 2005

8 8 30 Percent Of Population In NMS Above 65 Years Of Age By 2025

9 9 Ageing And Changing Demographics Difficult to quantify the impact that an ageing population will have on health expenditures –Bulk of health expenditures will still occur in last year of life –But increased life expectancy despite multi-morbidity will take toll But there is little doubt that an increasing proportion of people over 65 will exert some upward pressures on health care costs A critical issue is long-term care for the very old, which can become a significant financial burden as informal family-based care begins to decline –Few NMS have drawn up credible long-term strategies for LTC –EHFG Session on Saturday, sponsored by EU and WB!

10 10 Demographic Shift Caused By Falling Fertility Rates And Increasing Longevity

11 11 Principle Challenges for a Sustainable Health Financing System (i) Hospital Infrastructure (ii) Pharmaceuticals (iii) Staff salaries (iv) Medical Technology

12 12 (i) Hospital Infrastructure Extensive hospital infrastructures expensive to maintain –many structures not appropriate (location, use, size) Oversupply of hospital infrastructure in NMS is a historic legacy – –but also highly prevalent in OECD Almost all countries have taken steps to reduce hospitals and acute-care hospital beds –but there are only few success stories. The problem of debts and contingent liabilities in countries with dominant public hospital sector

13 13 (ii) Pharmaceuticals Drugs and medical devices seem to be the single largest cost drivers in most countries Rx total cost = Price x Volume Questions related to: –Extent of publicly financed benefit vs. OTC –Role of co-payments to control prescription and consumption –Clinical practice guidelines and prescription practices based on evidence –HTA and pharmaco-economics

14 14 (iii) Human Resources - Wages Salaries account for more than % of health expenditures in most countries, this trend is increasing the pressure on overall health spending The pressure on salaries has increased in EU NMS –Health sector salaries in NMS rise faster then the average salaries in the economy – from low starting point Example: Lithuania 70% of medical staff leaving Lithuania indicates “higher salaries” in the target country as reason for leaving, 50% leaves because of the “higher living standard” and 40% because of “better career possibilities”.

15 15 (iv) Medical Technology Absorption of available and new technologies puts pressure on health expenditures Modern health care is most information and technology-intense industry – difficult to saturate! –ECA countries – transformation from pre-transition production model to modern health delivery system – not fully concluded yet, despite 15 years of reform and investments –Therefore much room for either big mistakes and “dead ends” but also opportunities to leapfrog to leadership position – avoiding mistakes of others.

16 16 Diffusion Of MRI Units Source: OECD Health Data Austria Canada France Germany Spain Switzerland United Kingdom MRI units per million pop

17 17 Health Technology Assessment (HTA) “policy research that systematically examines short- and long-term consequences of health and resource use, of the application of a health technology, a set of related technologies or a technology related issue” “a bridge between the world of research and the world of decision-making” Together with evidence-based medicine (EBM) and clinical practice guidelines (CPG) it builds a body of best practice initiatives –Session on HTA and Quality of Care (Jan Bultman, WB) at EHFG

18 18 Objectives Of HTA Assist decision makers in deciding which technologies to adopt (C-E, certificate of use, etc.) Encourage the appropriate use of health technology, based on established evidence Provide impartial comprehensive information through the collection and analysis of information concerning the effectiveness and cost of health technology and health impact

19 19 Evidence When HTA Used Effectively Provides information from an independent, impartial perspective Supports and assists decision makers in making informed policies and decisions in health care Is an essential element of a health care system that seriously Creates a bridge between researchers, decision- makers, health care providers and the public Leverages health research investment in order to create a cost-effective health care system

20 20 Health Sector Modernization – Recalibration of Financing And... MoH stewardship – intergovernmental action (MOF – HIF) - Final goal must be population health outcomes - Payer could efficiently purchase “wrong” health service! MOF – HIF: Difficulty in many countries to sustainably raise revenues for health: informal sector, evasion of tax liability, unfunded mandates, HIF mandates Insurance and payment reform - Share of public vs. private and experimenting with different models (Single payer, earmarked taxes, MSAs, regional funds, etc) Human Resources critical for the entire system: - Need to focus on evidence-based medicine and public health, management + economics) Information Technologies - Most critical for payers and providers, but most difficult to procure and run effectively – constant source of corruption scandals


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