Access to healthcare: what do we lack?

Arshiet Dhamnaskar currently serves as Director Publication Support Division of the Medical Students Association of India

Arshiet Dhamnaskar currently serves as Director Publication Support Division of the Medical Students Association of India

Healthcare has always been a concern for the world. The problems vary; by region, by country, and from person to person. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, globally, around 400 million people lack access to one or more health services.

Access to healthcare is a broad concept, but it basically comprises:

1. Service Availability: This involves defining a community health issue, identifying what the essential services are – the needs of the majority of people, and after having done this, developing a corresponding healthcare service that is made available to the public.

2. Service Provider: In the absence of trained personnel, the mere existence of a service is worthless. Provision of service must focus on training of healthcare workers; from doctors to nurses to ambulance drivers.

3. Service Quality: Services should be affordable, but at the same time, low prices must not mean low efficacy. All healthcare workers should be wellpaid, and equipment used should be maintained periodically.

4. Service Demand: The potential receiver of any healthcare service, should be aware of the existence of any such service and should ask for it when needed. This requires good health promotion and health literacy.

A flaw in any of these four elements would mean that the access to a healthcare service has been hampered. In developing countries, almost all of these are inadequate. There is little provision of service and there are not enough trained healthcare workers to address the large population. When availability itself is lacking, not much attention is given to the quality of the service being provided. There are instances, though, where the government of these countries do take the efforts of structuring a good healthcare delivery system. However, it is the fourth element –the lack of service demand– that comes into picture here. Such countries do not possess a stronghold when it comes to education, especially healthawareness. These may be further riddled with superstitious beliefs–taboos–that regard the diseased as outcastes.

But that is not the situation in developed countries, people are well aware of diseases, vaccinations, medicines and surgery. Yet there is still a huge problem; something that both developed and developing countries have to tackle— Finance. Healthcare is a very costintensive industry. Several people are forced into financial hardship just because of a costly treatment, and the lowincome population cannot even imagine being a beneficiary of such a treatment. The results are of course, devastating. The good news, though, is that the WHO plans to make Universal Health Coverage a developmental agenda in the coming future. This means that publiclyfunded systems or governmentprovided medical insurance schemes might come to the fore.

Such existing systems do have fallacies of their own. While these are being looked into, there’s just one thing the world can do – be smart. We must not turn a blind eye to such a situation. We must study, formulate opinions and share them with our peers. If we succeed, we shall not only have access to healthcare but an access to “smart healthcare”.

About the author:

Arshiet Dhamnaskar currently serves as Director Publication, Support Division of the Medical Students Association of India. He is also a hobbyist writer, poet and designer. His other hobbies include oration, web programming and even mu§sic. With all these skills at hand, he aims for one goal to spread ideas across the globe, to inspire people to think and to encourage them to innovate. Arshiet is a medical student at Dr. V.M. Govt. Medical College, Solapur, India.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

The next 48 hours may change the European Union

A young European voice on Grexit: too high a bill and too big a deal!

Migration crisis update: lack of solidarity not only among EU leaders but also EU officials

EU and India re-open talks over strategic partnership while prepare for a Free Trade Agreement

JADE Testimonial #1: Marcello @ Enlargement

EU agrees on Ukraine – Georgia visa-free travel amid veto risks and populist fears

ITU Telecom World 2016: it’s all about working together

Schengen is losing ground fast revealing Europe’s clear inability to deal with migration crisis

Eurobarometer: Not a single answer about what the Banking Union will cost to citizens

Eurozone examines the prospect of issuing debt paper jointly

Will Merkel ever steer the EU migration Titanic and restore her power in Germany?

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

CDNIFY @ TheNextWeb 2014

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Dangerous Trumpism in the Middle East with an anti-European edge

Who threatens the lives and livelihoods of Ukrainians?

Beyond self-regulation: dealing with Europe’s consumption problem

Who cares about the unity of Ukraine?

Commission: Gifts of €6 billion and free trainees to ‘help’ poor employers

Which EU countries have to correct their economic policies?

At the edge of humanity: refugee healthcare in Greece and the EU

Can the EU afford to block China’s business openings to Europe by denying her the ‘market economy status’?

What lessons to draw from the destruction of Syria

Italian voters put again the European Peoples in the Brussels picture

Hostages to a rampant banking system

COP22 addresses a strong global pledge to effectively implement the Paris Agreement

The European Parliament floating over the South China Sea

What UK and EU risk if Brexit “wins” these elections

EU members commit to build an integrated gas market and finally cut dependency on Russia

Extra mild ECB tapering of QE and zero interest rates keep euro low

Greece’s Tsipras: Risking country and Eurozone or securing an extra argument for creditors?

World Health Organisation and young doctors: is there any place for improvement?

To entrepreneurship and beyond!

G20 LIVE: World Leaders in Turkey for G20 Summit. Global Economy will be discussed in Antalya

EU Commission accuses Germany of obstructing growth and the banking union

Search Engine neutrality in Europe in danger: Are 160.000 Google filtering requests good enough?

European Commission determined to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal this year despite French concerns

Lagarde: Keep feeding the banks cut down wages and food subsidies

The consequences of Brexit seen by a European young entrepreneur

Ukraine-EU deal sees the light but there’s no defeat for Russia

Refugee crisis update: EU still lacks solidarity as Hungary and Slovakia refuse to accept EU Court’s decision

“For my children Italy will be an innovation lab and not a museum”; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Merkel refuses to consider the North-South schism of Eurozone

Why the ECB had to clarify it caters for the entire Eurozone not just Germany?

How dearly will Germany pay for the Volkswagen emissions rigging scandal

Medical students: The need for emigration

The British “nonsense”, the relaxed Commissioner and the TTIP “chiaroscuro” at this week’s Council

International World Summit Award calls for outstanding digital applications with impact on society from 178 UN member states

Investing in working conditions and quality jobs

Threats from mammoth banks and Brussels fuel May’s poll rates

Eurozone guarantees all banks with…taxpayers’ money

Crimea, a wicked game of political chess and a ‘big’ coincidence

ECB’s new money bonanza handed out to help the real economy or create new bubbles?

Is Eurozone heading for disinflation?

Cyprus Parliament says no to blackmail

The three sins the EU committed in 2015

Eurozone: Despite anemic growth and shaky banks marks record trade surplus

Ukraine: turning challenges into opportunities


EU sets ambitious targets for the Warsaw climate conference

Will Europe be able to deal with the migration crisis alone if Turkey quits the pact?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s