Improving streamlining and affordability of care for patients with multimorbidity

Friday 14 June 2024, 12:30 pm
PhD candidate
T.E.P. Remers
prof. dr. P.P.T. Jeurissen, prof. dr. M.G.M. Olde Rikkert
dr. S.A. van Dulmen

Current healthcare systems are poorly designed to address the needs of individuals living with multiple concurrent health conditions, known as multimorbidity. Care for these patients is often fragmented and focused on treating each condition separately, resulting in suboptimal quality of care and higher-than-necessary healthcare costs. This thesis demonstrates that there are opportunities to streamline care for this patient population, improving both quality of care and cost-effectiveness. Initiatives targeting individual patients and patient groups appear to be particularly successful. However, sustaining these improvements and achieving lasting impact on quality and costs requires complementary measures at the population level. Therefore, this research emphasizes that better and more affordable care for people with multimorbidity can only be achieved through coordinated actions at the individual and group levels, supported by policies at the population level.

Toine Remers (1995) obtained his master’s degree in biomedical sciences, cum laude, at the Radboud University in 2019. In the same year, he commenced his doctoral research within the Chair of Healthcare Affordability led by Patrick Jeurissen (IQ healthcare). Currently, he is employed as a consultant in the Healthcare Strategy & Operations team within KPMG Netherlands.