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Older Australians are loyal patients. But are you their provider of choice?

by Asya Igmen and Vidal Seegobin March 5, 2020

Editor's note: This blog was updated with additional graphics on 12 March 2020.

Globally, health care costs rise sharply with age. In Australia, average expenditure on geriatrics, defined as those over 65, is three times greater than for those under the age of 65. This is compounded by the fact that by 2057, 22% of the Australian population is expected to be over 65 years old, compared to 15% today. That's a big jump. Without a doubt, elderly patients are a growing population that is both expensive to manage and increasingly challenging to treat.

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What it takes to engage primary care: Lessons from Ontario's first 'GP Association'

Paul Trigonoplos February 27, 2020

GPs in Ontario have historically been independent businesses paid on volume. But starting in the early 2000s, a series of reforms created a number of new primary care models in the province. First there were the Family Health Groups, then came Family Health Networks, then Family Health Organisations, and finally Family Health Teams.

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Why Saudi Arabia's health care reform caught our attention

by Rebecca Soistmann and Paul Trigonoplos February 13, 2020

Saudi Arabia faces many of the same health care challenges as other high-income countries: an ageing population, significant care variation, and over-utilisation of acute care.

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What are you doing to attract top-performing doctors?

by Jaren Kirkland and Vidal Seegobin February 6, 2020

Information has never been more accessible than it is today. With this constant flow of information, we're driven to weigh our options to ensure we're making the best choices—especially when it comes to our health care.

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Is AI the future of chronic disease health care?

by Brian Chau and Vidal Seegobin January 16, 2020

Around the world, effective chronic disease management remains one of health care’s unmet challenges. In Australia alone, chronic disease presented a $27 billion cost in 2017.

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The #1 barrier to scaling your care management programme (and how to fix it)

by Rachel Zuckerman and Vidal Seegobin January 9, 2020

We've shared previously some of the keys to improving care for high-risk patients: targeting the right patients, tailoring care to each patient's starting point, and addressing non-clinical needs. With these tactics, patients will likely demonstrate better control over their conditions and rely on the hospital less. But what happens next?

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The 5 things that surprised us in health care in 2019

by Vidal Seegobin and The Global Forum research team December 18, 2019

One of our favourite traditions is year-end lists, which can spark debates during this season's slew of holiday parties. And while we hope the majority of your cocktail chatter will focus on topics outside of health care, for the few times it does come up, we wanted to share some of the trends, challenges, and stories that caught our eye this year.

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Leaving 'pilotitis' behind—what it takes to become a full-scale population health manager

Paul Trigonoplos December 12, 2019

Pilotitis (noun) – the act of continuously pursuing small health care projects but never scaling them, leading to duplication and short-lived benefits.

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