When it comes to health matters, everyone becomes attentive. People believe that with good health, one can virtually accomplish anything that they desire. This is the reason to as why health is given all the attention. It is important to have a clear understanding of the meaning of the term health, healthcare and systems that are put in place to facilitate healthcare.
Health is described as “the general condition of the body or mind, especially in terms of the presence or absence of illness or impairments.” Health can also be defined as “the overall condition of something in terms of soundness, vitality and proper functioning” (Oxford, 263). From the definitions of health given, one can either be in good health or in unhealthy.
Healthcare can then be described as an activity or act geared to maintain health. This could be through provision of medical services or any other services that aims at maintaining good health. Healthcare is not necessarily provided when a person becomes sick or loses health but is progressive and should always be provided as a preventive measure. Healthcare system is the organization of people, institutions, and resources to deliver health care services to meet the health needs of the targeted populations. Therefore, we can say that these are systems put in place to meet healthcare needs of a particular population. There are several systems worldwide and in this case, we are going to focus on the US Health care system.
Significance of Healthcare Systems
Healthcare systems are put in place so that they can meet and satisfy the healthcare needs of a people within a geographical area. They have the mandate to deliver healthcare services to the intended group or population and ensure fair contribution of finances. The set up of these systems vary from country to country though they seem to have similar goals. The systems play a major role and should therefore be maintained and supported if we are to achieve the desired standards in healthcare services delivery. This include proper design and plan of the structures involved with the participation of both government, charities, trade unions, employers, religious groups and all coordinated bodies to deliver intended healthcare services to the intended populations.
Stakeholders in the healthcare system
There are several factors that determine the effectiveness of health care system. These factors include and not limited to: cost, quality, ease of access, cultures, and workforce. All these factors affect the stakeholders in the healthcare system.
The stakeholders in this field vary from the private sector to the government. The players in the private sector include the insurance companies, device manufacturers, pharmaceuticals and medical practitioners. The government is majorly involved at policy making levels and is responsible in ensuring service delivery to its citizens. Other stakeholders involved are physicians. Physicians play a big role in the...