These are exciting times for healthcare. Emerging economies
around the world are focussed on innovation and developing new
business models for this sector, with governments in Africa working
towards a Universal Health Coverage for their populations.
Lord Nigel Crisp, KPMG Global Advisor in Healthcare, says;
"Healthcare is facing enormous and complex challenges
everywhere in the world. Throughout Africa, governments and health
leaders are working to provide healthcare for their whole
populations. Africa can learn from the best practices of business
and healthcare delivery that have been successful in other emerging
markets, like India and Brazil, but also has something to teach
others as it develops its own systems."
A previous research piece by KPMG, entitled 'Funding NHI: A
spoonful of sugar?', demonstrated that the average life
expectancy and health of a country's population has a direct
impact on that country's competitiveness, economic activities
and ultimately its ability to grow their Gross Domestic Product
(GDP). "It's encouraging to see public and private
parties, alike, talking about the changes that are needed in the
healthcare sector. However, to truly invest in the population and
improve their quality of life and life expectancy, rapid
transformation in the sector is needed," says Sven Byl, Head
of Healthcare and Life Sciences in Africa at KPMG.
With this in mind, KPMG hosted a conference in Johannesburg last
week (15-17 July), where KPMG invited 70 of the top healthcare
leaders from Africa and abroad to share their insights and discuss
how healthcare business models can deliver high quality care at low
Byl added: "I always tell people that even if I only had
one dollar to invest, I would invest it in Healthcare. In Africa
there is ample opportunity and from the level of engagement over
our conference there is a clear appetite to invest in
The conference titled 'Something to teach, something to
learn: Delivering safe and effective care at low cost' created
a forum to learn, exchange ideas and share examples of new
practices that have worked in different countries. By incorporating
high-profile speakers and a series of dynamic working sessions,
coupled with the sharing of knowledge applicable to low cost models
of healthcare that have been successfully implemented across the
world, this conference has given rise to new thinking, ideas and
opportunities to transform healthcare services in Africa.
"Across the world, the current models of healthcare cannot
deliver the care we need at the price we can afford. Our conference
challenged the insurers, providers and governments to take on the
challenge of delivering new models of low cost delivery," says
Byl.Prof Nigel Edwards, Global Director in Healthcare for KPMG,
said "Experience in other markets is that incumbent providers
find it hard to deliver the innovation required – this
innovation includes; redesigning the workflow, helping patients
take care of their own care, investing in technology and mobile
In preparation for this conference, KPMG had conducted extensive
research at an international level on new models with a keen focus
into innovative practices of low cost models of healthcare. These
findings, as well as the results of the working sessions from the
conference, will be drafted into a congruent piece of thought
leadership on the delivery of low cost, high quality care. This
piece will be made available publicly in the months to follow where
we look to continue pushing these conversations forward on a global
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