It is a reality that any NHS (National Health Service) of any country needs help. Even the more developed countries (especially those) are facing a reality that is putting their medical system on their knees: the population is aging and, therefore, there number of people needing help is increasing with every year. Life expectancy has taking a curve over the las century and it is not surprising to see our elders going beyond the hundred year mark.
But, what does that mean to our system? Firstly, we face a supporting crisis at different levels. People are retiring at an age where they feel like they can still do many things (travelling, leasure, etc) and for a much bigger period of time. This brings the question of “when can people retire?” since the number of people to be “maintaned” is getting bigger and for more time (not forgetting the payments they did during their “active working” life toward their retirement, of course) while the number of people paying taxes to maintane those retired is the same, and in some occasions even less. As such there is a debate to increase the age of retirement, currently on 65, to 67. Let us not be surprised for the annoucement in a few years that that age will reach 70 or even more…
But, what is it to the NHS system? More people to be attended by doctors in some specialities means that the waiting time will be increased. As such, solutions are scarced: either you put more money into the system to have more doctors and equipment available or you invest wisely, such as in a better use of technology. Here is where the latest trends in technology can help: from the remote access to patients so they do not have to be physically in the waiting room to applying AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data mining to extrapolate results in the outcome of medical tests. This way not so many tests have to be taken, saving resources and, in many occasions, something that is even more important as it is time to diagnose correctly. We can save lives that are now just “wasted” due to the poor support that the different goverments are giving to the NHS systems.
If you want to read a bit more on how this approach is taken by the English NHS, here you can have some reading: