The Minister of Health has committed the Czech Republic to raising the healthy life years by two years by 2020. We believe this move can lead to substantial improvements in the health of the population and dramatic improvements to the value provided by the health care system.
The health care system needed an unified, clear and measurable target for determining how successfully the system operates. Without a way to measure how well the system cares for health, policymakers focused on how often the system performed certain tasks, or how much an activity cost. These were management measures without any direct correlation to the purpose of health care policy. Healthy Life Years gives the government a relevant target for health care. Furthermore, it provides a standard methodology for comparing how well the Czech health care system performs to other EU countries.Read more in AmCham Position Brief on Health Care in English here and in Czech here.