Healthcare is facing major problems. That’s why, during the Battle of the Minds, Health Minister Ernst Kuipers challenged researchers from TU Delft, Erasmus MC and the EUR to come up with a solution.
If I still had my hair, it would have been gray by now,” joked Minister Ernst Kuipers during the opening of the Battle of the Minds. According to him, it is a matter of bad timing to be Minister of Health nowadays: ‘Healthcare is facing great challenges. Due to an aging population, we have more and more people who require care. At the moment, 1 in 6 people work in healthcare. If things continue like this, 1 in 4 people will have to work in healthcare by 2040. That’s impossible, so how are we going to solve the growing demand for care?’
With these words, the multidisciplinary teams of researchers went to work. During a two-hour brainstorming session, ideas flew across the tables. They received help from artists to visualize their plans. The eight teams then presented their plans in tightly timed pitches.