Michel van Schaik is Director of Healthcare at Rabobank. He joined Rabobank in 1997 after working for eight years in the health insurance market. During that period he was responsible for contracting healthcare services from hospitals and other healthcare institutions in Amsterdam and The Hague. He is Chairman of the Healthcare Committee of the Dutch Banking Association and a member of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers’ Healthcare Committee. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch College of General Practitioners from 2004 to 2010. He has served as a supervisory director at De Ondernemende Huisarts healthcare group in Eindhoven since 2011.
Accelerating healthcare innovation; a complex game
Healthcare systems are heading for trouble. While governments and payors are trying to contain costs, the demand and need for care is growing and growing. New strategies and a new way of looking at health and vitality are crucial to reform healthcare systems in a way that also future generations will have access to high quality and affordable care. Vision, strong (clinical) leadership as well as innovation and entrepreneurship are required to transform the healthcare system. But are traditional stakeholders (providers and payors) and society as a whole ready to accept innovative solutions and are they willing to change their game?