Medical technology, understanding of disease processes and the development of effective treatments are advancing rapidly. Such advances have important implications for the provision of public services and the infrastructure underlying delivery of health care.
The rising expectations of society – for increasing life expectancy and an acceptable quality of life – call for timely and appropriate action by health policy makers.
Healthcare providers and commissioners globally must prioritize the services and treatments offered to patients within their public health systems.
Effective decisions about the funding and organization of health research, disease prevention and detection, diagnosis and management of disease stem from evidence-based recommendations and expert advice.