We’re living longer and longer and some ridiculously high percentage of children born today will get a special telegram from a child of Prince Wills & Kate (its that far away!).
Living longer means higher costs – we all shudder at the health economics – and, no matter how well the NHS survives, people are going to have to pay either privately or through more taxes.
And hurtling along in the slipstream of healthcare innovation are the financial surfers who could benefit most from progress. Medics & Mammon – get used to it. A glimpse into the near future is provided by the news that a cloud-based healthcare payment system has just won development funding in the US.
It wants to establish a secure network in cyber-space to cope with the volume of payments from patients as they ‘scale up the business to meet public demand’. Everyone benefits from the efficiency, of course they do, and more can be spent on care.
A ‘paypal’ for healthcare will boost the credit card’s potency around hospital wards and clinics and establish a model for other countries. But,surely, America is different? True to a large extent but the gap between public and private health in the UK is widening and the safeguards for those who cannot afford to pay are getting more vulnerable by the day.
Today’s goal is a paperless NHS by; tomorrow’s could a ‘paypal’ NHS