"Visions of World Benefit & Global Responsibility: Perspectives of McGill Students

Monday, July 30, 2007

Global access to health care

One main goal of 21st century health care system is to provide global equitable access to health care of people. Global access to health care pertains to the availability of necessary medical care to people. To date, some populations of the world still experience reduced access to health care. Barriers to access can be divided into four categories: availability of services, financial barriers, non-financial barriers to presentation of health care needs, and barriers to equitable treatment. For example, the aboriginal people in Canada have financial as well as language barriers preventing them from receiving adequate health care services. Some population of alternate sexual orientation, immigrants, refuges, ethnically or racially diverse populations, and people with disabilities, the homeless, and sex trade workers also experience reduced access to health care. In the US, 46 million Americans are completely uninsured, while tens of millions of others go under-treated. In Canada, the aboriginal people face problems of availability to home care, and mental service. They also face barriers of presentation of need for health care services as well as equitable treatment. To eliminate these barriers to access represent innovative goal of the 21st century.

The importance of 21st century health care system improvement represents a major innovation. It has major contribution to the well-being of individual and society as a whole. The population of people with no access to health care is still enormous. As above mentioned, even in country where health care system best in the world, such as United States, still millions of people experience under treatment. Thus, situation is more severe in the third world countries where people suffer from infections, malaria and malnutrition. The 21st century leaders face challenges of providing health care to underserved population. The significance of vaccines, malaria medication and food and shelter to the third world country are great. They can provide these people with adequate treatment and prevention from the many wide spread diseases.

The availability of adequate health care to global citizen contributes to the well-being of people world-wide. It reduces the incident of diseases within populations. Managers and leaders of organizations can benefit from having well insured employees and stakeholders, to which immediate and quality health care is delivered. The well-being of the whole workforce can increase creativity, productivity and promotes our culture, arts and values. Good health care system also has major implications in economy. To improve services of health care requires good training of health care staffs. Health care institutions provide diversity training, development of training of alternate health professionals, and promoting research with underserved communities. They also provide outreach programs to reach underserved populations, mostly with low income. The future of improved health care is positive, with the myriad of training programs, advanced medical technology and its spread use, most of the future generations will receive adequate health care even the ones with low incomes.

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