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Fit for the Future? A New Approach in the Debate about What Makes Healthcare Systems Really Sustainable

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  • Matthias Fischer

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As healthcare systems face enormous challenges, sustainability is seen as a crucial requirement for making them fit for the future. However, there is no consensus with regard to either the definition of the term or the factors that characterize a “sustainable healthcare system”. Therefore, the aim of this article is twofold. First, it gives examples of the existing literature about sustainable healthcare systems and analyzes this literature with regard to its understanding of sustainability and the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches. The article then identifies crucial factors for sustainable healthcare systems, and the result, a conceptual framework consisting of five distinct and interacting factors, can be seen as a starting point for further research.

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  • Matthias Fischer, 2014. "Fit for the Future? A New Approach in the Debate about What Makes Healthcare Systems Really Sustainable," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(1), pages 1-19, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:7:y:2014:i:1:p:294-312:d:44112
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    1. Harald Heinrichs & Norman Laws, 2014. "“Sustainability State” in the Making? Institutionalization of Sustainability in German Federal Policy Making," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(5), pages 1-19, May.
    2. Berman, Peter, 1995. "Health sector reform: making health development sustainable," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(1-3), pages 13-28.
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    1. Gang Du & Chuanwang Sun, 2015. "Location Planning Problem of Service Centers for Sustainable Home Healthcare: Evidence from the Empirical Analysis of Shanghai," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(12), pages 1-21, November.
    2. repec:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:5:p:1420-:d:144435 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    sustainable healthcare systems; definition; conceptual framework;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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