Efficiency in Healthcare Service Provision among Modern Economies

Efficiency in Healthcare Service Provision in Modern Economies

Question 1

The local healthcare facility promotes a blame culture as evidenced in daily happenings in the health industry. For instance, the government keeps blaming the union of doctors for lowering medical standards in the economy. The union of doctors is normally accused of protecting its workers despite the imminent reason for industrial action (TMIT1. 2012). As a result, the government finds itself at loggerheads with doctors who determine the rate of economic growth. Healthcare is an important sector of the economy whose absence would imply high mortality rates. Despite a clear understanding of the importance of health in an economy; most authorities disregard efficiency and effectiveness in running healthcare institutions.

This kind of negativity is promoted by authorities and doctors. Each faction has legislative protection from the constitution. For instance, the government has an absolute authority to reduce doctors’ wages with respect to the economic situation in a country. Doctors, who are considered laborers, are protected by the constitution as stipulated in labor laws (DelicatelyDurable. 2015). For instance, doctors have a right to participating in an industrial action which aims at improving wages. The government, through its arm of the judiciary, limits the rights of taking part in industrial action. Court orders are issued declaring a strike by doctors null and void. Individuals who are left affected by this tussle are patients. Most of the admitted individuals end up succumbing to treatable illnesses due to lack of medical services.

 

 

Question 2

Infusing a more just culture in the current work environment would majorly consider stakeholder participation in all decision making processes. The government, medical practitioners and patients’ representatives would take part in discussions aimed at improving the health sector. For instance, negotiating wage rates and documenting contracts in a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) file should ensure all stakeholders participate in the process (TMIT1. 2012). Doctors should be allowed to state their claims with tangible reasons whereas the government would respond appropriately. Legal representatives of patients who foresee trouble – due to the strained relationship between doctors and the authorities – should be allowed to air their concerns.

Healthcare management is a vital practice in promoting healthcare in a country. However, most managements disregard its importance by mistreating their workers. For instance, some medical practitioners complain of limited medical equipment that is basic for providing healthcare services (DelicatelyDurable. 2015). These would include medical equipment such as syringes, gloves, and medicine. All stakeholders should be allowed to participate in effective decision making in a healthcare institution. Similarly, the union protecting the rights of doctors should ensure that medical standards are improved in all healthcare institution. Improving medical standards for treating patients would promote the economic sector of a country in different ways. For instance, a healthy economy would attract foreign investors.

Question 3

It is common for an individual to disregard basic principles that guide practice for a given profession. For instance, some lawmakers deliberately sleep in legislative chambers due to the monotony of some legal proceedings. The motivation behind participating in a daily task depends on the wages and other compensation packages. Similarly, it is common to find doctors performing their duties with negligence or ignorance. This attracts the detrimental consequences that result in death cases (Sullivan, 2018). Personally, there are instances in which doctors’ prescription seem suspicious. For instance, private doctors prescribe over-the-counter (OTC) medicine to keep a patient coming for their medical services. In public healthcare institutions, scramble for healthcare services is a discouraging phenomenon that questions doctors’ ability to address numerous illnesses in a short time. It is in these situations that doctors disregard medical principles and work to offload the many patients in the waiting bay. As a medical practitioner, it is important to contribute to healthcare success by ensuring active participation in decision-making.

 

 

 

References

TMIT1. (2012, August 03). Retrieved March 26, 2019, from            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtSbgUuXdaw

DelicatelyDurable. (2015, May 10). Retrieved March 26, 2019, from           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ5ccp82YMA

TED. (2010, February 22). Retrieved March 26, 2019, from             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWdzrZdRa38

Sullivan, E.J., (2018). Effective leadership and management in nursing, (9th ed). Pearson: New    York, NY.