In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic it is easy to both remain stunned by the pandemic’s impact and long for some kind of normalcy. That is certainly true for health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean, which were hit hard and are struggling to recover. But what should recovery look like? While it is tempting to be nostalgic about pre-pandemic times, those were … [Read more...] about Can We Do Better than Normal for Health?
In the early 1960s, when United States healthcare expenses reached 3% of GDP, members of the U.S. Congress were so outraged that they held hearings to address such an unsustainable level of spending. The passing years have shown that 3% was not only sustainable, it was cheap. Today, healthcare spending in the United States is over 17% of GDP. The countries of … [Read more...] about Can We Afford a Healthy Future?
Did you know that people over 60 years old account for more than 50% of total consumer spending in several industrialized economies? This population segment is becoming a driver of employment, growth, and innovation. Its impact in Latin America and the Caribbean Though many people are aware of it, few anticipate that this very development will soon transform the economies … [Read more...] about The thriving future of the silver economy
Learn how the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pan American Health Organization work together to support countries to harness digital transformation for the health sector, to fight against the pandemic, and build resilient health systems. This September, health leaders from 49 countries and territories met at the 59th Directing Council — 73rd Session of the … [Read more...] about How Can Global Cooperation Improve Health Services in your Country
The COVID-19 crisis has generated mental health problems among previously healthy people and has exacerbated those problems among people with existing conditions. This challenge is not new for Latin America and the Caribbean, where mental health disorders are one of the five main causes of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). At the global level, the World Health … [Read more...] about Mental Health Services Through a Screen