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The World of Value-Based Healthcare: Global Stories of Innovation and Transformation

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Value-based healthcare (VBHC) is more than just a buzzword; it's a revolution reshaping patient care across the globe. Let's embark on a journey to discover remarkable VBHC initiatives from different corners of the world, where quality reigns supreme over quantity.

The Dutch Mastery of Value-Based Care

The Netherlands has emerged as a global frontrunner in the realm of value-based healthcare (VBHC), demonstrating that when it comes to health, quality trumps quantity. Let’s dive into three transformative Dutch initiatives that are reshaping patient care.

The Heart of Innovation: Netherlands Heart Network (NHN) In response to the rising tide of cardiovascular diseases, the Netherlands Heart Network (NHN) stands as a beacon of integrated care. This collaborative network unites healthcare providers across the spectrum to forge a seamless care delivery system focused on cardiac patients’ needs. By developing standards of care that prioritize patient outcomes and streamlining the care process, the NHN has achieved remarkable results:

  • A significant reduction in hospitalizations and cardiovascular incidents.

  • A marked decrease in major bleeding, adverse effects, and mortality rates for atrial fibrillation.

  • Implementation of quality indicators that meet or exceed national guidelines.

Diabeter: A Sweet Success in Diabetes Management Diabeter, a specialized clinic network, has revolutionized type 1 diabetes care for the young, propelling over half of its patients to achieve the coveted HbA1c target. This patient-centric approach has not only improved health outcomes but also trimmed healthcare costs by 8.6%, showcasing the power of VBHC in chronic disease management.

Santeon Hospitals: Setting the Bar for Excellence Santeon, a consortium of seven leading Dutch hospitals, has embraced VBHC with open arms, implementing it across various medical conditions. Their ‘Together Better Program’ is a testament to the strength of collaboration and continuous improvement. The program’s success is evident in its impressive outcomes:

  • A 30% reduction in unnecessary hospital stays.

  • A 74% drop in reoperation rates for breast cancer complications.

  • A 23% decline in extended hospital stays post-hip operations.

These initiatives are just the tip of the iceberg, but they paint a clear picture: the Netherlands is not just adopting VBHC, it’s perfecting it.

Revolutionizing Wound Care: Sweden’s Value-Based Approach

In the quest for superior healthcare, Sweden’s Stockholm County Council (SCC) has pioneered a value-based procurement model that transcends traditional cost metrics. By evaluating the total care costs, including potential complications, the SCC’s innovative tender for wound-care products has set a new standard. The result? A paradigm shift where the highest-priced product was selected, not for its sticker price, but for its proven lower overall cost of care. This strategic move has yielded impressive outcomes:

  • An increase in stroke patient admissions to core hospitals from 68% to 83% between 2009-2011 and 2018-2020.

  • A 58% reduction in 30-day stroke lethality since 1995.

  • A 37% decrease in stroke incidence over the same period.

  • A 49% surge in functional improvement post-severe stroke since 2010.

Norway’s Patient-Centric Procurement: A Lesson in Empathy

Norway’s Helseforetakenes Innkjøpsservice AS (HINAS) has taken patient feedback to heart. After a series of low-cost syringes resulted in high pain and injection failures, HINAS conducted a two-month trial of products from competitive bidders. The outcome? A tender is awarded to the product with the highest patient satisfaction rating. More expensive, yes, but with significantly less pain and fewer failures, proving that patient outcomes are worth the investment.

Australia’s Holistic Approach: Exercise as Medicine

In Australia, a groundbreaking initiative is changing lives by integrating exercise into the healthcare regimen. Chronic Care Australia’s Exercise Medicine program is a testament to the belief that physical activity is a cornerstone of health, especially for those with mental health conditions. With a life expectancy disparity of nearly a decade for those with chronic conditions, this program offers a beacon of hope:

  • An impressive 85.3% adherence rate to prescribed exercise routines.

  • Notable health improvements include lower blood pressure and enhanced motivation.

  • A significant decrease in stress and anxiety levels, even for those without prior mental health diagnoses.

  • Remarkable reductions in depression, anxiety, and stress scores among those with mental health conditions.

Denmark’s GLA:D® Program: A Step Towards Pain-Free Living

Denmark’s GLA:D® initiative is a shining example of patient-centered care for osteoarthritis. Launched by the University of Southern Denmark, GLA:D® combines education with exercise therapy, tailored to each patient’s needs. The results speak for themselves:

  • A reduction in sick leave due to effective osteoarthritis management.

  • One-third of participants discontinued pain medication post-treatment.

  • A 25% average decrease in pain intensity.

  • Improved mobility, with patients walking 10% faster post-treatment.

  • An overwhelming majority of patients expressed high satisfaction with the program.

Cleveland Clinic: A Beacon of Hope in Mental Health Care

The Cleveland Clinic in the United States has taken a bold step in addressing the often-overlooked issue of depression. Recognizing the link between mental health and chronic diseases, they’ve implemented an interdisciplinary approach supported by a unified electronic medical record (EMR) system. This system not only aids physicians in care decisions but also captures crucial patient-reported data. The impact is clear:

  • Patients with improved depression or functioning scores saw a 50% reduction in emergency room visits.

  • The clinic’s proactive measures have led to a substantial USD 1.3 million in savings.

  • A comprehensive screening program that has touched the lives of over 135,000 individuals.

Ukraine’s Healthcare Evolution: The Suprun Reform

Ukraine’s healthcare landscape has undergone a transformative shift with the Suprun reform. Named after the visionary Ulana Suprun, this reform has realigned the healthcare system with the core tenets of value-based care. The focus is now on patient satisfaction and outcomes rather than the sheer volume of services. Key highlights include:

  • A fortified primary health care (PHC) system enhances service quality and accessibility.

  • The implementation of the Program of Medical Guarantees (PMG) and the Affordable Medicines Programme expanded access to vital medications and services.

  • Increased provider autonomy, empowering patients to choose their healthcare providers, thus stimulating a competitive environment that elevates patient care.

Let these stories inspire you to embrace the transformative power of value-based healthcare, where every patient's journey is valued and every outcome matters.


What is value-based healthcare?

Value-based healthcare is a healthcare delivery model where providers, including hospitals and physicians, are paid based on patient health outcomes. Under value-based care agreements, providers are rewarded for helping patients improve their health, reduce the incidence and impact of chronic disease, and live healthier lives in an evidence-based way.

How does value-based healthcare improve patient outcomes?

Value-based healthcare improves patient outcomes by shifting the focus from the volume of services provided to the quality of care patients receive. Providers earn more for delivering healthcare that helps patients get better while keeping costs down. This approach encourages healthcare providers to offer more coordinated care, promote preventive services, and engage patients more in their own care, leading to improved health outcomes.

What role do data and technology play in value-based healthcare?

Data and technology are crucial in value-based healthcare by enabling better care coordination, patient engagement, and informed decision-making. Technology supports collecting and analyzing health data, which helps identify best practices, measure outcomes, and provide personalized care. It also facilitates communication between patients and providers and supports the implementation of health interventions that can lead to better health outcomes.


Mariia Maliuta
Mariia Maliuta (Copywriter) "Woman of the Word" in BeKey; technical translator/interpreter & writer

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