Despite the unprecedented advances in healthcare, the benefits of progress are not being shared equally among all populations. Many treatments and services that have become the standard of care in some areas remain inaccessible to others. The result is inequality in diagnosis and treatment — and most importantly, in health outcomes — for the most prevalent diseases.
Medtronic recognizes that access to quality, affordable healthcare is a fundamental right for all people, but the solution to advancing global health access — accessibility, quality, and affordability of care — for more equitable outcomes is not simple. As a global company with a presence in more than 150 countries, we empower our 90,000+ employees to partner with stakeholders around the world to create new healthcare models based on value, efficiency, and outcomes to reduce barriers to care and narrow the gap between access and affordability.
This work is at the core of the Medtronic Mission: to contribute to human welfare by alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life.
Our technologies and solutions can play an important role in helping care organizations align value, share accountability, and propel healthcare past the fragmented state that exists today. By engaging in highly collaborative partnerships across the global healthcare ecosystem – for private and public sectors alike – we are bringing unique resources and ideas that allow our partners to leverage diverse thinking and global perspectives that are not possible by one group alone.
Medtronic and its partners are working tirelessly to expand access to our lifesaving technologies. Some of our successful strategies include:
While our work is far from complete, we are already making a meaningful global impact — Medtronic therapies improved the lives of more than 75 million people in 2019.
Improving global healthcare access requires more than simple, one-dimensional approaches. Through stakeholder partnerships and ongoing innovation combining the strengths of disruptive technology and embedded value, Medtronic is demonstrating its commitment to health access for populations worldwide.
Read the Medtronic Perspective:
Collaborating to Improve Global Health Access (PDF)