Report Grinding links; Technological innovation and healthcare
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17 June 2002
VWS, OCW and EZ
Debates concerning healthcare have in recent years been dominated by the issues of costs and cost control, leading to insufficient attention being paid to the benefits of healthcare. Besides health improvements at the level of the individual patient and that of the population as a whole, there are also less visible benefits, spread across the policy areas of three ministries (Health, Welfare & Sport or 'VWS', Economic Affairs or 'EZ' and Education, Culture & Science or 'OC&W'). They include such benefits as scientific expertise, high-quality knowledge institutions, patentalbe (and therefore tradable) know-how, new and innovative businesses, employment growth, economic growth, exports and tax revenues.
This publication may be cited as follows
Advisory Council on Health Research. Grinding links; Technological innovation and healthcare. The Hague: Advisory Council on Health Research, 2002; publication no. 36.