Resilience session: Could we help redesign health-prevention and health-care in times of crisis?
All Europeans are directly or indirectly supported by public health services. Whether it's access to hospitals after an accident or for baby delivery, or suppression of diseases like malaria and TB in wider society, or the constant campaign against HIV, we live in healthy, safe cultures because of a constant effort spearheaded by the State. In Greece, the public health system has come under enormous financial pressure due to cuts, and increasing demand as stress, hopelessness and unemployment all take their toll on the citizens. Similar stories are starting to pop up in other places.
In this session, we'll be examining resilience in health care and public services in general.
Resilience is about surviving bad situations: our car breaks, and we decide to walk or phone.
Our health-system can be compared to a heart that’s not strong enough relative to the required volume of fluid. We get long waiting lists, real needs are not served, and there’s suffering at all levels. This “health-system insufficiency”, even if we look at things in economic terms only, often means we end up with more expensive diseases!
So what do we do?
Some of us have experience in “planning for resilience” in specific situations, say for a bad flu pandemic, but every situation is different, and this time it’s not like nurses and doctors and ambulance drivers are all ill at home at the same time. Some “high-level” thoughts are written here, but it’s all kind of vague and useless unless we look into the details and get real.
Will you help us get creative about improving health prevention and care, so that what’s most important gets done as well as possible given the circumstances?
What has been your [*] experience with the health systems (prevention and care)?
What didn’t work so well and how did you find the way around the problem?
What does that suggest about how to improve the resilience of society in this area?
[*] You can tell us about the experience of others around you, but this subject may be sensitive and we should respect people’s privacy. So, instead of “my sister”, maybe we could write about “a 23-year-old woman I know”.