Preparing national health systems to cope with the impending tsunami of ageing and its associated complexities: Towards more sustainable health care

Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Jun;28(3):412-4. doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzw021. Epub 2016 Mar 15.


Healthcare systems across the world are experiencing increased financial, organizational and social pressures attributable to a range of critical issues including the challenge of ageing populations. Health systems need to adapt, in order to sustainably provide quality care to the widest range of patients, particularly those with chronic and complex diseases, and especially those in vulnerable and low-income groups. We report on a workshop designed to tackle such issues under the auspices of ISQua, with representatives from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Emirates, France, Ireland, Jordan, Qatar, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, UK, South Africa and Switzerland. We discuss some of the challenges facing healthcare systems in countries ageing rapidly, to those less so, and touch on current and future reform options.

Keywords: ageing; chronic disease; health system reform; healthcare systems; patient journey; quality improvement.

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / therapy
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • National Health Programs / organization & administration*
  • Socioeconomic Factors