Public–Private Collaboration: A Path to Sustainable, Affordable, Equitable, and Patient-Centric Health Care
Monday, March 26, 2018
72 East Concord Street
By 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise to more than 9 billion, with 2 billion above the age of 60. Governments agreed on a very ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address the challenges inherent in population growth of this magnitude. Recent estimates by the World Health Organization published in The Lancet state that reaching SDG 3, which addresses healthy lives and well-being, would require new investments increasing over time from an initial $134 billion annually to $371 billion by 2030 to address the health challenges just for the 67 low- and middle-income countries. It is clear that no single government, civil society, or private sector can foot this bill. Conversely, new mind-sets, technologies, models for collaboration, financing, and delivery approaches are needed to ensure all people not only receive the care that they need, but they enjoy that care in a personalized and precise fashion, as the best of the innovations emerging from the fourth industrial revolution precisely. The good news is that we have already seen a few projects successfully tackling challenges of similar magnitude.
Arnaud Bernaert, World Economic Forum
Arnaud Bernaert believes indeed that in the next decade, healthcare delivery systems will have to transform radically. He believes that capital-intensive, hospital-centric, interventions-driven systems are ones of the past, as they have demonstrated they are both unsustainable and ineffective. His theory of change is that the future of health and health care resides in high-touch, data-enabled delivery systems, integrated across the continuum of care from prevention to care delivery, with the patients becoming consumers of most care services in non-acute care settings. He additionally believes that complex care will be transformed by precision medicine as enabled by progress in genomics, regenerative medicine, and clinical analytics. Finally, he believes in a population-based approach to health promotion and disease prevention enabled by a transformed global health architecture based on purposeful public and private cooperation.
An MBA graduate from HEC, Bernaert has dedicated his prolific career to strategy, partnerships, M&A, and healthcare policy matters. He has also published extensively on those themes and received significant media coverage. This he has done first as a senior executive in multinational organizations such as Baxter and Philips Healthcare, then as the global head for health and healthcare industries at the World Economic Forum. Bernaert has a unique understanding of global health and healthcare challenges. He also maintains deep personal connections within a unique network of industry CEOs, policymakers, regulators, heads of international organizations, and civil society leaders.
As a member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, Bernaert has launched defining public—private coalitions in fields as diverse as epidemics preparedness, vaccines and antibiotics innovation, value-based health care, precision medicine regulations, access to primary care, payment reforms, and healthcare IT, to name just a few. On such matters and many others, he has also addressed—as key note speaker, panelist, moderator, or knowledge expert—the participants of the most prestigious global healthcare gatherings, including the World Economic Forum, UNGA, the Forbes conferences, World Health Assembly Week, World Health Summit, and many other conferences.