Welcome to our first look at healthcare on a global scale.
All nations have the same goal of giving their citizens quality healthcare. Without a healthy populace no country can prosper very long. So, from a humanitarian as well as economical point of view, the development of a first-rate healthcare system is crucial to any government.
It's that simple and it's that complicated. As we approach the millennium, I hope we can better learn from each other. I have met with healthcare executives from all over the world, and I have always been struck with the similarities of what these executives have to deal with.
Sure, there are cultural and language differences. But people are people, and we all need each other if this world of ours is to survive the next century. It all comes down to communication, and that's why we decided to publish this special edition of MODERN HEALTHCARE.
Many of our clients are now active internationally. They sell all kinds of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and other healthcare products to a variety of customers around the world. They have urged us to take a more active role internationally for some time now.
In this issue, we touch on subjects such as managed care's growing influence internationally, private healthcare investment opportunities in the developing world, a U.S. company that just opened the first foreign-run hospital in China, and expatriate U.S. healthcare executives who share the highlights and pitfalls of working abroad.
We hope to cover the international healthcare market in even greater depth in the future in order to give you, the reader, the best product possible.
Charles S. Lauer