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The Sick System

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The health system is sick, but still has chances to heal. Its economic alignment has not only led the doctor's profession into a 'business model' on a 'medical market', but it risks leading to an illogical, inhumane and unfair care system - without reaching the initial economic goals.

Dr. Bernhard Stein, MD, anesthesiologist and health economics expert, shows the weaknesses of our current health care system and pleads for understanding the crisis as an opportunity for a fundamental reorientation: the transformation of the old-school hospital into a lean, modular and regionally networked unit. With the maxim – a maximum of outpatient care in this network, and synergy instead of competition. This bottom-up approach, changing the philosophy of care and made possible by new technologies, gives a new chance to disfavored and regionally isolated populations. They are the first victims of the current industrial model of "healthcare".

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Bernhard Stein, M.D., born in Braunschweig (Germany) in 1956, is a specialist for anesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. He successfully completed his professional education in the field of medicine and research in Germany and France and has worked in Luxembourg in a managing position since 1992.

Apart from working as a doctor, he is also engaged in issues of organizing both hospitals and the health care system, after having successfully completed additional studies of health economics and Quality Management .

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