UNO November 2013

Tomorrow’s Health and Education

Due to the Big Recession, the European model of the “Welfare State” born after the II World War is being questioned. Especially in reference to the universal and free access to basic services such as education, health and the pensions system –obviously, once the corresponding financial participation through the tax system has been paid–.

Meanwhile, countries of Latin America which are living a virtuous decade of economic growth, are facing now and scenario in which the middle class is growing, poverty is decreasing and policies to promote social services in the region are taking them, even though they are still far away, to that “Welfare State” which is now under threat in most parts of Europe.

01_1We are currently living the debate about the future of social benefits which affect basic services considered as universal rights such as –education, health and pensions–.

On the other hand, we are also experiencing a situation of uncertainty which will last during the following years. The first reason is the change on the model of Welfare State which is creating new concepts of services for the “new” citizens.

We are actually witnessing processes of privatizing some States and also a tendency to private management of the public health and a change on the model of pharmaceutical business.

For the public opinion, education is one of the priority issues. This new number of UNO tries to see if there is really a lack on pedagogy about public and private education.

Moreover, health tourism is an increasing business and it is creating great opportunities. One last fact is the ageing of the population which will create new challenges and implications for governments which will have to find new ways to manage and distribute national resources.

We are currently living the debate about the future of social benefits which affect basic services considered as universal rights such as education, health and pensions

Thus, this magazine analyses the change on this paradigm which affects the current model of education and health and which is developed in two parallel stages: the European stage and the Latin American one.

I hope you may enjoy it.

 

 

Jose Antonio Llorente
Founding Partner and Chairman of LLORENTE & CUENCA Spain / U.S.A.
Jose Antonio Llorente as a specialist in Corporate and Financial Communication, over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years, he has provided consultancy services on numerous corporate transactions: mergers, acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and stock market floatations. Mr. Llorente was the first Spanish professional to have received the SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, a European award presented by The Holmes Report.Mr. Llorente worked at the multinational Burson-Marsteller for ten years, where he was Managing Director. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Euroamérica Foundation and the Steering Committee of the Spanish Association of Minority Shareholders of Listed Companies. He is also a member of the Advisory Council to SMEs of the Spanish Confederation of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises, the Steering Committee of the Agencies of Spain Association and the Advisory Council of Executive MBA in the Management of Professional Services Organisations organised by Garrigues. José Antonio has a degree in Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, and specialist in Public Affairs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and The Henley College. @jallorente [United States - Spain]

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