The quality of health care service is of a paramount importance in the modern epoch. In the situation when the quality of life is constantly growing, modern science and technologies are rapidly developing, it seems to be quite natural that health care services which are vitally important should be of the highest quality. Actually, this problem disturbs many specialists, including not only health care professionals, but also politicians, people who struggle for the equality of basic civil rights and opportunities, including the right to health care, and businessmen. In general, the modern business is really concerned about the health of employees because it affects dramatically the performance of any company. In this respect, one of the ways of the improvement of the quality of health care services and condition of work is the introduction of accreditation. Continue reading
Managed care is a part of American healthcare system. Managed care became very popular in the Reagan era. This system was originally used in order to control Medicare payout. Medicare became the only state governmental health insurance program. It covered all people over 65 years and provided them a number of free medical services. So, managed care was used in order to control Medicare payouts. There are a big number of health insurance programs, which are used for managed care. Managed care is originally designed in order to reduce the costs of unnecessary health care. This result is achieved with the help of different mechanisms, such as economic incentives aiming to make physicians and patient choose cheaper forms of medical care; special programs, which check up the necessity of some specific services; control over the length of treatment; cost sharing incentives for outpatient surgery and many others. These kinds of programs can be provided by different organizations, such as Preferred Provider Organization of Health Maintenance Organizations. Continue reading
The modern medicine provide unparalleled opportunities to deliver health care services to patients, cure diseases which used to be incurable in the past, and increase the quality of health care services considerably. However, the current situation, especially in the US, proves the fact that the potential of the modern medicine is not fully realized. At any rate, the US health care system could apparently function significantly more effectively and, in this regard, it is possible to refer to the example of Canadian health care system, which is considered to be more effective though, from purely economic point of view this system has lower opportunity compared to American one.
Healthcare organizations are often susceptible to various problems related to the effective work of healthcare professionals since the needs and demands of patients are growing to be more and more complicated due to the progress of the modern medicine to the extent that healthcare professionals are viewed as almighty beings able to treat effectively all existing disease, but, in actuality, it is far from reality. Nevertheless, such an attitude to healthcare organizations may cause serious problems related to their human resource management. In this respect, it should be said that the high level of responsibility and the high demands often lead to the lack of healthcare professionals but, at the same time, the lack of attention to the proper financing and support of perspective IT specialists working in the field of healthcare also causes the problem of the lack of such specialists though new technologies being professionally applied in the healthcare organizations could be much more effective than they are, if are at all, applied in healthcare organizations. Continue reading