Questions we may ask ourselves as we age might include: who’s going to care for us? How will we afford that care? Will we become a burden for our loved ones? Should we spare them and explore retirement home options? None of these questions are easy. They’re especially difficult in societies where people tend to feel more alienated. But in some cultures, where family ties are … [Read more...] about Costa Rica’s Deeply Familial Care System at the Onset of Increased Global Aging
We all have an elderly relative, friend or neighbor who requires additional support. Sometimes, we may even have to decide whether sending them to a retirement home is the right thing to do. But we know little about conditions in these places. Oftentimes, the institutionalized end up being invisible and vulnerable. … [Read more...] about Institutionalized and Uncounted
A young woman in Mexico with Type II diabetes hears her phone buzz and sees a notification – “Rise in blood sugar detected – inject 6 units of rapid acting insulin now.” … [Read more...] about Three Impacts of Digital Health on Healthcare
Regulatory agencies around the world are continuously reviewing requests for the commercialization of new medicines and other health technologies in their countries. With globalization, technological advances and innovation, and the emergence of new types of treatments, such as biologicals, biosimilars, and cell and gene therapies, the volume and complexity of such requests … [Read more...] about Would a Regional Regulatory Agency for Health Technologies be Feasible?
Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced important improvements in key health indicators over the last two decades. For example, since 2000 average life expectancy rose from 71 to 75 years of age, and mortality rates for children under five fell by 44%. The region currently faces the challenge of maintaining these achievements and making further progress in health … [Read more...] about 10 Take-Aways on How the Region Can Improve Health Spending Efficiency