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Delivering prevention in an ageing world: democratising access to prevention: consultation paper




International Longevity Centre UK

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This consultation paper sets out the key criteria that will allow governments and healthcare systems to democratise access and deliver prevention. Prevention can substantially improve society’s health and wellbeing by reducing morbidity and increasing the number of years spent in good health; it provides value for money and returns on investment in both the short- and long-term, and contributes to the sustainability of our healthcare systems; it can benefit economies by helping people continue to work and consume in later life. However, for preventative services to fully deliver these benefits, we must ensure democracy of access. As it stands, we know that many preventative services don’t reach everyone equally. Lack of access to vital preventative services contributes to a widening of health inequalities. This has become even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has served to further expose and amplify these inequalities. The document identifies five key criteria for democratising access to preventative healthcare: make prevention convenient; ensure that cost is no barrier; tailor prevention; improve health literacy through co-production; and address ageism. The paper offers examples of good practice by healthcare systems, private companies and third-sector organisations that have democratised access to prevention by using each of these criteria. (Edited publisher abstract)

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