John Wilkinson

Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

42 blogs from the author


Posted on 10.02.2010

Dreaming of health equality across the EU?

An ageing frequent traveller (this time sat on a plane taking me from frigid Brussels to what I hope will be altogether better conditions in Southern Spain) I am often exercised by what would await me if I were to get sick on my travels. Like most citizens of the EU-15, I would probably seek […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 16.12.2009

Avoiding repeats of the ‘Greek Tragedy’

As the true depth of the Greek debt crisis unfolds it is hard to understand why the alarm bells were not ringing long ago. In our sector alone there is something in the region of €2.3 billion of unpaid bills and this has not happened overnight. We were warning of this particular symptom almost two […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 29.10.2009

Waste and paying for tomorrow’s healthcare

Yesterday’s report by Thomson Reuters on the real causes of excessive costs in the US healthcare system make interesting reading. Centre stage is over-treatment generated by a litigious culture which encourages patients to sue and, from that, doctors to perform tests and procedures, not because in their clinical judgement the patient needs them but because […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 14.10.2009

John Wilkinson at AdvaMed 2009: A view on the US health reforms

A chill wind is blowing through Washington D.C. this morning and it is not just the cold front from the North blowing away the warm Autumn sun of yesterday. Yesterday, the Obama health reforms took their first step on a long and perilous road through the legislature when the Senate Finance Committee passed the preliminary […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 29.09.2009

The Netherlands top the table again!

The latest results of the Euro Health Consumer Index (www.healthpowerhouse.com) further confirm the superiority of Bismarckian social philosophy over the Beveridge approach, at least as far as the patient is concerned. Bismarck countries, characterised by compulsory third party insurance systems, feature as the most consumer friendly health systems from the perspective of the patient and […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 18.08.2009

Facts and figures, not political rhetoric, as a basis for healthcare reform

Returning to the daily routine after a long, and hot, summer break is always characterised by mixed feelings. Part wishes the languorous morning routines to carry on whilst other forces bring a refreshed mind optimistic about the challenges ahead. This morning’s bright and early start in Brussels was illuminated by two articles in the Financial […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 22.07.2009

Credit default swaps and the real world

The arcane world of credit default swaps may seem a very curious subject to stimulate the mind of a life-long medical technology man. My thoughts turned to these strange and questionable instruments, which appear to be one of the roots of the financial crisis, during a week when they were seldom far from the front […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 16.07.2009

Are we the problem or the solution?

Browsing the news pages of the web I came across an article in a journal that I am not familiar with from the USA, the grandly titled U.S. News & World Report. The report headed off on a familiar and now even more fashionable track of squarely identifying our industry as the villains of the […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed


Posted on 19.06.2009

Europe needs a highly competitive single market if it is to sustain our quality of life

Warm summer sunshine bathed the triumphal arch of the Parc du Cinquantenaire as colleague John Brennan and I walked down the tree-lined Avenue de  Tervuren to attend sister organisation COCIR’s 50th birthday party. Highlight of a wonderfully sociable evening amongst a veritable “who’s who” of the medical technology industry in Brussels was an impassioned speech […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed