Edited by Myron D. Fottler, Donna Malvey and Donna J. Slovensky
Chapter 21: The future of healthcare: the editors weigh in
The present chapter provides the opportunity for the co-editors of this book to speculate on how the healthcare industry and management of that industry must or may change to accommodate future challenges. In the future, we will experience both evolutionary and revolutionary changes in all countries as we struggle to balance the necessity for enhanced patient access and quality with the need to contain costs. Such pressures will be particularly acute in developing countries in managing these goals with an aging population and workforce. The nature of the chapter necessitates judgments regarding which societal and healthcare trends will accelerate, decelerate, or discontinue as new challenges arise. Our judgments may turn out to be prescient, partly validated, and/or significantly off the mark. We approach this task with a great deal of humility since none of us can claim 100 percent accuracy on our previous prognostications.
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