Personalisation, polarisation and fragmentation - Healthcare trends analysed by The Futures Company

Joseph Clift

Health services around the western world face tough times ahead, with cash-strapped central governments tightening spending and demand increasing due to ageing baby boomers.

As such, the latest healthcare research from The Futures Company, which was unveiled at a briefing in London in January 2011, dealt with current trends in the UK, its insights are also applicable to other European and North American nations, as well as Japan.

In common with these nations, the UK is facing demographic changes as the first baby boomers retire from the workforce. Around one million British children were born in 1947, a total that has since dropped to around 700,000 per year. So the UK's pensioner population will grow markedly over the years to come, putting pressure on government and private sector healthcare providers.