For Immediate Release
10 November 2020
The healthcare sector is on the brink of large-scale disruption. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Africa, the healthcare system was in need of radical change. Philips, a global leader in health technology, is set to release its Future Health Index (FHI) 2020 South Africa report. Philips’s annual (FHI) report, a survey based on the responses from almost 3,000 younger healthcare professionals across 15 countries, critically introspects the readiness of the next generation of healthcare professionals and their capability to manage the future of our healthcare system. A key finding that is of great concern is the high percentage of young healthcare professionals who are not satisfied with their working conditions and are considering leaving their careers, due to work-related stress.
These findings, if not brought to the attention of key decision-makers and solutions deciphered, could have severe consequences detrimental to the already burdened sector. This has steered Philips to use its annual health symposium with FORBES AFRICA as a platform to discuss these critical aspects. “While change won’t happen overnight, these findings give healthcare leaders serious incentives to tackle some of the pain points they must address today in order to drive successful outcomes down the line,” says Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa.
The 5th annual FORBES AFRICA Philips Future of Health Virtual Conference aims to unpack hard-hitting facts, and delve into viable solutions to the current problems experienced in South Africa’s healthcare sector. Spread over two insightful evenings, the summit will host ingenious minds across the healthcare industry to engage in much-needed debate.
“This year marks the 5th annual partnership between FORBES AFRICA and Philips hosting the Future of Health summit. The global challenges brought on by the pandemic demand that we address major shortfalls in various industries, but more specifically, the healthcare sector. This summit provides us with a platform to ask important questions, formulate solutions, and ultimately illuminate and enable the next generation of healthcare professionals and ensure that they are not logging out of the system,” says Renuka Methil, Managing Editor, FORBES AFRICA & FORBES WOMAN AFRICA.
The theme for the summit is “Next Generation Healthcare in South Africa – Balancing Workforce Expectations & Health System Realities.”, and will feature as the guest of honour, South Africa’s Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, along with the following esteemed panelists:
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