This is a powerful thought. It has grown inside me ever since I started reviewing nominations for TEDMED. It has stayed with me these past few months as I did my weekly reading of over 400 articles in and around health care and innovation. There are new approaches to care every single week, and yet it’s clear they won’t be enough; demand for health care will simply continue to outstrip supply.
The reasons are well documented. People are living longer but unhealthy lifestyles are leading to more chronic conditions. This increases the demand for care, and yet our ability to treat these conditions is limited. Combined with this, is the very nature of research – the more we learn, the earlier we look to intervene in people’s lives. The net effect is that people are supplied (and eventually get accustomed to and demand) health care both earlier and for longer.