Verhoef states that a joint vision of all stakeholders is the only way to create sustainable healthcare.
Without drastic measures being taken in the coming 15 years, current healthcare systems will prove to be unsustainable throughout the world. Healthcare as an elementary human right is being threatened worldwide by a number of factors. Almost everywhere the demand for healthcare is rising, healthcare costs are steeply increasing, quality and access to health differs, and financial incentives in health systems often are incongruous.
Professor Jan Verhoef founded the World Healthcare Forum in 2011. Professor Verhoef received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Utrecht where he has been Professor of Clinical Microbiology. From 1978 till 2008 Prof. Verhoef has been Chairman of the Eijkman-Winkler Institute of Medical and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Utrecht. From 1983 to 1990 he was a member of the Dutch Governmental Advisory Board for the Registration of Drugs. He was the founder of Ugene B.V. (CRO) which was later sold to Kendle International. He received several honours and awards and has been a member of advisory boards of many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He was the founder and first president of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. He organized several major international meetings. Prof. Verhoef is also a member of various editorial boards. He published over 650 scientific publications in journals and books.