With the rise of non-chronic diseases across the globe, it will be essential to establish a model that compensates healthcare providers based on improvement in health outcomes. This will be need to be based on agreed targets e.g. % of diabetic patients with adequately-controlled blood glucose or blood pressure (based on therapy or lifestyle modification), % reduction in infant/maternal deaths etc. Technology can also be employed – utilizing innovative health apps to better monitor patients remotely ensuring better treatment compliance or ‘just-in-time’ interventions as required.
For the betterment of individual and public health, healthcare providers will need to move from a payment system solely based on the number of interventions, number of assessments, treatments costs and healthcare professionals' time, to a model where the improvement of each patient's health contributes to the measure of healthcare delivery. This is a paradigm shift that will need to be driven by payors e.g. governments, insurance providers etc. Alternatively a portion of the fees/payments could also be linked to outcomes based on pre-defined conditions (depending on the local or national targets)
This will be a win-win situation as the patient benefits, the healthcare provider achieves meaningful results and the overall population health is improved resulting in a strategic partnership between the provider and the patient for success.