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Mar 07, 2022

Economist Impact Report Series (part II): Pathways to Health System Resilience

Shifting economic realities, some of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, drive the need for new healthcare delivery approaches.

“Pathways to health system resilience” is the second article in the Economist Impact led Roadmap to Resilience report series, commissioned by Philips. It explores some of the pre-existing vulnerabilities the pandemic has exposed, and the different strategies and pathways for building more resilient health systems in the future.

The report features analysis from Australian and New Zealand healthcare experts and thought leaders, who speak to post pandemic health system recovery. The report series also features insights from the Philips Future Health Index (FHI) 2021 report: ‘A Resilient Future: Healthcare leaders look beyond the crisis’

A nationally-led service works better than a fragmented one. The trend in New Zealand’s reforms is to have more centralisation of policy and process with local delivery in partnership with communities.”

Prof Ian Town

Chief Science Advisor at the Ministry of Health, New Zealand


This article focuses on the need to drive new healthcare delivery approaches such as:


  • Moving towards value-based care, to improve patient health outcomes, while health systems benefit from cost savings
  • Expanding accessible healthcare, particularly in rural and more remote settings to build resilience and ensure equity
  • Increasing efforts to ensure patients receive preventative and primary health care


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