Towards Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Systems
The aging population is a worldwide phenomenon. In 2000, the estimated amount of population aged 65 or above was 421 million, and it is anticipated that the figure will reach 1.5 billion by 2050 . Associated with this issue, the prevalence of chronic diseases is inevitable. This results in new and long-term demands on healthcare systems. If not cautiously prevented and managed, chronic diseases will be the leading cause of disability by 2020, and hence become the most expensive financial burden on our society. For example, according to the World Health Organization’s 2005 global report, China will spend up to $558 billion over the next ten years due to premature deaths caused by heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, . In addition, global health spending is continuing to outpace economic growth. Per capita health spending has increased by more than 80 per cent from 1990 to 2005, exceeding the 37 per cent rise in gross domestic product (GDP) per head . Meanwhile, one billion...
KeywordsHealthcare System Health Spending Application Specific Integrate Circuit Personal Healthcare Healthcare Information System
The authors would like to thank for the financial support from the Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) and the industrial sponsors: Golden Meditech Company Ltd., Bird International Ltd., and Bright Step Corporation.
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