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26. May 2023

Years of life extended, costs reduced: OECD report confirms OptiMedis’ care model

According to a recent OECD report titled "Integrating Care to Prevent and Manage Chronic Diseases: Best Practices in Public Health," OptiMedis' integrated care model has demonstrated significant potential for transnational transfer. The report, published in May 2023, selected international best practices, including the OptiMedis model, based on effectiveness, efficiency, equity, quality of evidence, and scalability of care. The long-term outcomes of cross-national transfer were also modeled.

The OECD modeling reveals that if the OptiMedis integrated care model were implemented nationwide in Germany, it could result in the gain of more than 146,000 life years from 2022 to 2050. Additionally, nearly 100,000 life years, limited by disabilities or illnesses, could be avoided. The potential impact is substantial.

More years of life at significantly lower costs: OECD modelling shows enormous potential

Expanding the OptiMedis model to the population of the EU27 countries could yield an average gain of 9.7 life years and 6.5 healthy life years per 100,000 people between 2022 and 2050. The modeling indicates a positive trend towards extended life expectancy and improved health outcomes.

Aside from its effectiveness, the OECD report also highlights the efficiency of the Integrated Care Model. Calculations suggest that implementing the OptiMedis model nationwide in Germany could lead to cumulative savings in healthcare expenditure amounting to approximately €3,500 per person by 2050. At the EU27 level, the estimated annual savings in healthcare expenditure as a proportion of total health expenditure average around 4%, reaching 4.6% in Germany. Considering the current health expenditure of the Statutory Health Insurance (SHI) at nearly €300 billion in 2023, these savings equate to approximately €14 billion.

The findings of the OECD report support the notion that OptiMedis’ integrated care model not only enhances years of life but also offers significant cost savings in healthcare expenditure.

Successfully combating health inequalities – Promoting health kiosks

At the same time, the OECD report emphasizes the OptiMedis model’s potential in reducing health inequalities. It identifies health pilots and health kiosks as essential components for facilitating needs-based and accessible healthcare. Given that vulnerable groups often face complex health needs, the integrated care model can be particularly advantageous for these populations. Consequently, the OECD recommends expanding health kiosks in suitable regions and promoting health literacy among vulnerable groups to enhance care utilization and enrollment rates.

Earlier access for patients – Decision-makers are needed

To further enhance the effectiveness of the OptiMedis model and similar approaches, additional measures can be implemented to reach patients at high risk of complex health needs more effectively. For instance, providing earlier access to prevention programs for patients can lead to improved health outcomes while also reducing costs. Taking proactive steps in this regard would be beneficial.