Global Health Care Challenges Essays

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When analyzing the global health care crisis, one should pay particular attention of the problem from both the macro and micro scale. Overlooking either side of the issue wastes both valuable time and resources during an era that cannot afford such loss. Some argue that health care is a fight that politicians must win to enact change. Others say the crisis is simply another economic matter that will eventually resolve itself under the theories of supply and demand. When we look at these explanations without seriously considering the issues that arise in the microcosm, we expose ourselves to moral hazard. In Banker to the Poor (1), Nobelaureate Muhammad Yunus describes how a great deal of change can result from looking at the problem from a…show more content…
On the contrary, the report does not include volunteers, social workers, or those who happen to improve health while performing their primary duty. This is due to a number of reasons. First, a lack of data on their overall participation discourages the inclusion of volunteers. Similarly, due to their primary purpose centering on something besides health care, the report excludes the other two examples. If we went into the semantic argument, eventually every profession serves as health care workers. Therefore, the WHO report chose only to include those whose primary intent is to improve health and those paid directly by an institution that promotes health. The WHO report (3) estimates there are slightly more than 59 million health care workers in the world. Of the 4.3 million shortages, India appears as one of the dozens of countries with a critical shortage of health care providers (4-6). A Critical shortage of health care providers means for every given birth, less than 80 percent have skilled birth attendants present. The data further suggests that a country must have between 2.02 and 2.54 skilled birth attendants (doctors, nurses, or midwives) per 1000 population to support growth and maintain a strong health care system. Estimates place India at 1.87 skilled birth attendants per 1000 population (7). An uneven density of health care providers in India further exacerbates the problem. Rural areas easily attract doctors and other medical
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