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Business Value

Posted on 15.12.2010

What is value in healthcare?

When one of the defining minds of business education in recent years turns his attention to healthcare then people would be wise to sit up and listen. Harvard Business School guru Michael Porter first entered the impenetrable world of health policy in 2006 in a book with colleague Elizabeth Teisberg entitled ‘Redefining health care: creating […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Global Value

Posted on 01.12.2010

An often heard but seldom fully-understood story…

A new report by the OECD makes sobering reading as it makes the point that continued expansion of spending in developed countries is unsustainable. Reading the reported highlights, a couple of statements jumped out at me. “Healthcare costs are escalating rapidly, driven by population aging, rising relative prices and costly developments in medical technology. Public […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Access Regulation

Posted on 07.09.2010

To Reuse or not to Reuse – that is the question (and with apologies to lovers of Shakespeare)

The recent report from the European Commission into the reuse of single use medical devices reminds me of Hamlet. The Danish prince, like the Commission in their report, had to contemplate the nature of action, and whether to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles […]

By John Brennan Director Regulations and Industrial Policy


Posted on 12.02.2010

Clinton brings stents into the news

It is perhaps surprising how quickly coronary angioplasty has become just another everyday procedure. As someone who has seen open-heart surgery live and witnessed the trauma and hospital resource intensity of such procedures, the placing of a stent as an alternative is almost unimaginably better for both patient and the health sytem as a whole. […]

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 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 06.05.2009

MassMEDIC Annual Meeting: Reflections on industry clinician collaboration

Sitting on Boston’s south shore, the John F. Kennedy Pesidential Library is both imposing yet not over-stated. A rare treat for me was the opportunity to address the annual meeting of MassMEDIC, the largest regional medical technology association in the USA – and that means the world, I am sure! The speaker’s podium has a […]

By John Wilkinson Former Chief Executive of Eucomed

Business Value

Posted on 12.03.2009

Welcome to the Eucomed blog…

Hello and welcome to the Eucomed blog. This is the place to find out about the latest news on all aspects of medical technology, from financing of healthcare to European regulation. You will also be able to read short reports of events attended by Eucomed staff. We have put together a team of bloggers, each […]

By Mark Grossien Former Director Communications & External Affairs at Eucomed