The chairman of Covid vaccine giant AstraZeneca has said that investment in technology can help the NHS cut costs.
Leif Johansson said more spending on areas such as artificial intelligence and screening could prevent illness and stop people going to hospital.
The NHS is under severe pressure, with A&E waits at record levels and strike action exacerbating ambulance delays.
Mr Johansson said about 97% of healthcare costs come from "when people present at the hospital".
He said only the remaining 3% is made up of spending on vaccination, early detection or screening.
Mr Johansson told the BBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos: "If we can get into an investment mode in health for screening or prevention or early diagnostics on health and see that as an investment to reduce the cost of sickness then I think we have a much better model over time that would serve us well."
Commenting on the UK, he said: "All countries have different systems and the NHS is one which we have learned to live with and I think the Brits, in general, are quite appreciative about it."
He said he was not talking about "breaking any healthcare systems down". Rather, he said, "we should embrace technology and science".
Source: BBC News, 23 January 2023
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