The complex interface between economy and healthcare: An introductory overview for clinicians

Published: 28 August 2016
Author(s): Federica Liliana Ottolini, Laura Buggio, Edgardo Somigliana, Paolo Vercellini
Issue: August 2016
Section: Narrative Review

In a period of generalized economic crisis, it seems particularly appropriate to try to manage a continuing growing sector such as healthcare in the best possible way. The crucial aim of optimization of available healthcare resources is obtaining the maximum possible benefit with the minimum expenditure. This has important social implications, whether individual citizens or tax-funded national health services eventually have to pay the bill. The keyword here is efficiency, which means either, maximizing the benefit from a fixed sum of money, or minimizing the resources required for a defined benefit.