Best Business: Demographics challenge healthcare status quo

The economic situation is certainly putting major pressures on the Irish health service as it is in every other developed country and all over Europe.

29th September, 2012
Pat Power of Accenture Healthcare: 'There is a growing body of practical and proven systems'. Photo: John T Ohle

The economic situation is certainly putting major pressures on the Irish health service as it is in every other developed country and all over Europe. However, in the longer term, the challenges are also in the changing demography across Europe that includes a rising proportion of the elderly in almost all national populations.

"The general pattern is that up to 80 per cent of all healthcare costs are consumed by a combination of older people...

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