Reflection on Health Policy
Reflection on Health Policy
Significant developments have enhanced healthcare policy in the region. Policies, including the health system transformation strategy within the Health Act, have significantly influenced the healthcare landscape. The consequences of the health care reforms include more positive healthcare outcomes and improved access to care. The region currently enjoys a system due to the new localized healthcare structure influenced by the adoption of the Health Act by Parliament on the 16th of July, 2019. The act is a manifestation of the Ma sant 2022 plan initially presented in 2018.
One of the profound achievements of the new healthcare reform is the development of a patient-centered system of care. A patient-centered approach to care includes assessing socioeconomic factors that impact healthcare and adjustment of these factors such that everybody receives quality care. The organization of care influenced by health policy development puts patients at the center of the care system (Osborne et al., 2014). A care system that considers the patients first enhances the public’s access to health services. More often than not, the region has had medical deserts where residents do not access healthcare services. When the health system places the patient at the center, the system looks for ways to enhance access to healthcare and prevent the development of medical deserts (Braithwaite et al., 2019).
As a result of the health policy, the region joins other jurisdictions that work with the insurance sector to offer subsidized care to the low-income groups that cannot access care services. The patient-centered approach considers such social factors when looking to improve access to care. Before recent reform, the region had many medical deserts. The medical deserts arise because medical suppliers do not that cannot afford their services. By shifting attention away from the supplier to the patient, health policy corrects such oversight in the system and lowers the incidence of medical deserts.
The health policy has also impacted medical practice to enhance access to healthcare. In a diverse context, the healthcare practitioner interacts with various cultures. Medical practice has often focused on scientific knowledge while omitting the social skills necessary to comprehend a diverse client base (Sarfraz et al., 2021). The omission causes staff burnout, medic and patient disagreements, and a high turnover. The new policy includes enhancing human and social skills by including sociology in the different medical profession programs. Exposing more medics to sociology concepts, as enabled by policy, increases the medics’ ability in the current diverse context. Further, the demand for medics indicated a shortage of medical professionals. The reforms in the medical profession also acknowledge the shortage. The policy reform eradicates numerous clauses that cap the population of students enrolled to the 2nd year. The reforms pave the way for more medical graduates who fill in the gap between the demand and supply of medical professionals.
The recent health policy effectively solves long-standing issues such as medical deserts. The quality of the region’s health infrastructure has improved tremendously. The health outcomes have improved, and the public satisfaction with the healthcare system is high. Further, recent reports reveal that the of the people have diminished significantly. An increase in healthcare technologies that expand the capabilities of healthcare effectively complements the policy reform. When applied in a patient-centered care context, technology influences better healthcare outcomes. The reforms in the healthcare system conveniently coincide with a surge in the population of senior citizens who are susceptible to chronic diseases such as diabetes. The group can be effectively attended to when implementing a healthcare reform that prioritizes the patient.
Braithwaite,J., Ludlow,K., Churruca,K., James,W., Herkes,J., McPherson,E., Ellis,L.A., & Long,J.C. (2019). Systems transformation: Learning from change in 60 countries.Journal of Health Organization and Management,34(3), 237-253.https://doi.org/10.1108/jhom-01-2019-0018
Osborn,R., Moulds,D., Squires,D., Doty,M.M., & Anderson,C. (2014). International survey of older adults finds shortcomings in access, coordination, and patient-centered care.Health Affairs,33(12), 2247-2255.https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0947
Sarfraz,A., Sarfraz,Z., Barrios,A., Agadi,K., Thevuthasan,S., Pandav,K., KC,M., Sarfraz,M., Rad,P., & Michel,G. (2021). Understanding and promoting racial diversity in healthcare settings to address disparities in pandemic crisis management.Journal of Primary Care & Community Health,12, 215013272110183.https://doi.org/10.1177/21501327211018354
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