The World On Fire: Five Global Health Stories To Watch In 2020 - Part II
Health Policy Watch "Creaking health systems” are among the leading risks faced by the global community, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2020 Report. People live longer, but health gains have also plateaued in recent decades. Threats from longstanding infections as well as those from emerging diseases pose a double set of challenges. (...) In an era of rapid technological advances, health systems are struggling to define who should pay for promising new treatments, and how much, when new gene and cell therapies can cost as much as US $2 million per patient. Like climate change, health risks pose an “expensive and expanding” transnational challenge.
Following on from Part I, Health Policy Watch’s interviews with leading global health experts zoomed into four key issues facing health systems in the decade leading up to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals milestone." (Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)