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Health Care System is Universal and Egalitarian

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Making the Luxembourg healthiest country in the world, one person at a time. This currency is more than a smile but is nevertheless quite feasible in the light of efforts of the Grand Duchy. The latest example, the Mayors’ Day Thursday, June 7 in Mondorf which is under the theme of health. Mars Di Bartolomeo, our Minister of Health, is the keenest advocate of this ambition. And it is thanks to some answers that only convinces us also.

“Making the Luxembourg healthiest country in the world, one person at a time”, this is the thread of the Luxembourg Summit of Health. That means there for you as one of the conclusions of this Summit was to note that Luxembourg is positioned as the third health care system the most expensive in the world in terms of care expenditure per capita? How to make it ranks among the three “best in the world,” as you suggested then?

In Luxembourg we are fortunate to have a care system based on modern and efficient funding solidarity which opens to everyone quality care and this irrespective of the social situation of citizens. Our health system is universal and egalitarian.

It is true, however, it is among the most expensive in the world. Based on the fact that the price we pay for our health system is very high, we have a funding base and solidarity that we have a modern system of care, my aspiration is that the quality of services offered is at least at the same height as the ranking by price or availability. From there to having the ambition to make Luxembourg the healthiest country in the world, there is only one step. A step which is in the logic.

This ambition is not ours. It is also, and foremost, that of our partners who, after casting a glance at our health care system, we believe that the means to achieve these goals. To us, now to prove that not only we have the capability and the will but also that succeeds.

This risk does he not to further increase spending?

Warning, do not confuse quality and increased costs.
The Grand Ducal system has enough reserves deep and wide room for maneuver. Since, as I said, we already have effective ways, what we need now is the best use of these means.

The health reform is also in this same direction. In particular by providing better documentation, greater transparency and strengthening of general practice.

The Luxembourg Summit of Health demonstrates the need for a “radical but with minor changes.” Is not that a bit contradictory?

The medicine of tomorrow, and it is not valid for Luxembourg, will be more personalized, patient-centered. It will no longer bomb the disease but very broad spectrum of highly targeted treatments have very individualized. So what may sound like a contradiction is one that at first glance.

In fact, what is meant in this idea is to maintain what has already been proven in the past while embarking on an evolution of care that is most promising. This is, in fact, to combine the strength of tradition with progress. We must certainly be ambitious, but without, however, burning what was built in the past.

Achieving Excellence is therefore nothing but a dialogue between traditional values ??and progress.

More concretely, what those changes will occur and when they? This will include the use of new technologies supported more …

Our projects are mainly the areas of medical documentation, records management, and as I have said, the primary care medicine, that is to say, the important role of the GP .

We rely on other research projects in the fields of biotechnology and personalized medicine.

Of course, this evolution must deal with the desired technological developments that may prove as valuable aids.
The computer, for example, can play a spectacular role in the care of chronic patients remotely. With it, the patient may directly contact their doctor and may also provide a range of data necessary for optimal management.
This area has endless possibilities but needs further development.
We contribute to the progress of this project through the creation of the Agency eHealth, which is our instrument for achieving this coordinated and cooperative approach to information technology to health.

In June, you are invited to the Mayors’ Day placed this year under the sign of health. What is your message to decision makers the opportunity to commune?

I think health is not an area reserved only for departments that have health in their flags. So think, is to see health in a very reductive. Yet if you ask a mayor what he wants for its citizens, it will answer “the healthiest in the world”, but ignoring maybe he can contribute significantly to this objective.
It is this perspective that I took with pleasure the invitation to place the Mayors’ Day under the sign of health. Not in an approach of “minister who comes to make his speech,” but more of an approach to research partnerships with these institutions that are closest to citizens.

Municipalities have tremendous power and can do many things as engage in the prevention of alcohol abuse or tobacco awareness of drug use, focus attention on risk behavior or, simply convince the adoption of healthier lifestyles.

Our desire for this day, is to prove that health has its place in local politics. Municipalities that have all the tools to get the right messages through sports clubs, associations, schools or businesses.
The presence of the Ministry of Health is only there to bring all these initiatives.

While a number of municipalities have already undertaken certain activities, they are isolated, their impacts are less obvious. To gain strength, they must result from an overall concept. You need a structured engagement on the part of municipal officials to find a common thread, linking to all the forces of the lever.

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