Factors Affecting Health Care Workers

1492 WordsOct 12, 20156 Pages
As seen above, although there is an overall imbalance between the supply and demand of mental health care throughout the country, rural areas are most affected. Various factors influence health care workers’ decision to avoid the rural localities, one of which is the unfavorable living conditions in these areas. Many of the rural areas do not offer the luxury or prestige that most of the health workers desire in the modern age. For example, the housing facilities may not match those that they can find in a modern city. The rural areas are also likely to like the modern transport infrastructure that is enticing to many graduates. Moreover, staying in such localities may mean limited access to technology, something that the modern age physicians may not agree to. They, therefore, opt for the urban centers where there is better housing, better transport means, and easier access to diverse technologies. This intensifies the already high shortage of mental health care workers. Further, since there are fewer mental health care workers in the rural areas, the few available workers have to bear the entire health care burden. For this reason, they have to work longer hours with higher workloads. This not only demoralizes them but also compromises the quality of their service. While some of them choose to bear with such harsh conditions, many move to the urban areas while others quit the medical career completely. New graduates are also discouraged from serving in the rural localities
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