Illustrative image (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien announced a set of measures to enhance the quality of health care services at commune-level medical stations during an event on July 16. These include improving the capacity of medical workers; finding new operation methods; investing in human resources and facilities; applying information technology; designing special financial regimes; and enhancing communication work, said Tien at the opening of a training course on chronic disease care at commune-level medical stations held in Ho Chi Minh City. In the future, services for the treatment, control, and prevention of non-communicable chronic diseases – like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular, and respiratory diseases – will be predominantly delivered by medical stations at ward and commune levels. A large network of ward- and commune-level medical stations have been set up across the country but the health … [Read more...] about Minister outlines measures to improve primary health care services
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ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some public health leaders here wonder whether the city is failing to live up to King’s call for justice in health care. They point to substantial disparities, particularly in preventive care. “We have world-class health care facilities in Atlanta, but the challenge is that we’re still seeing worse outcomes” for African-Americans, said Kathryn Lawler, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement. That group includes representatives of more than 100 nonprofit organizations, governments, hospital systems and other health care providers working to improve access and care for minority communities. … [Read more...] about Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care
Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care? Author : Naveen TennetiNaveen is a junior doctor at Monash Health in Melbourne, Australia. He is a current distance student of Economics and Development at the University of London and recently convened the 2015 Global Ideas Forum. Universal health care (UHC) aims to ensure that all people can access the health services they need without suffering from financial hardship. UHC, by its all-encompassing nature, is necessarily an expensive endeavour. The long-term benefits that accrue from healthier populations, however, far outweigh the short-term costs. Yet this doesn’t stop the foundations of UHC being targeted by the short-termism implicit in 24-hour media cycles and political turbulence. Particularly in higher-income countries, the moral panic of ageing populations and the burden of chronic disease have led to much hand-wringing and short-sighted proposals to reduce spending. Australia, … [Read more...] about Co-payments and user fees: are they compatible with universal health care?
Speaker Dorothy Lall j Affiliation Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru Date 9 June 2017 } Time 3:00 – 4:30 PM Venue Institute of Public health #250, 2nd C Main, 2nd C Cross, Girinagar Ist Phase, Bengaluru – 560085 Dorothy Lall will be presenting the findings of the first phase of research that is part of her PhD program. She is studying the organization of health care services for diabetes and hypertension at primary care level to identify ways to improve and strengthen services. These results are not published yet but the manuscript is being developed. In the next phase, we will be implementing and evaluating interventions that address the gaps identified in the first phase of the study. Title: Organization of Primary Health Care Services for Diabetes and Hypertension; A qualitative study of public and private, patient and provider perspectives in Rural India Abstract Background: Diabetes and … [Read more...] about Organization of Primary Health Care Services for Diabetes and Hypertension: A qualitative study of public and private, patient and provider perspectives in Rural India
Embracing global standards for community health care on Nepal’s path towards universal health coverage Author : Aradhana Thapa, Pushpa Chaudhary, & Ryan SchwarzAradhana Thapa is Director of Community Healthcare at the Nepal-based non-profit health-care company Possible. Pushpa Chaudhary is the Secretary of Health, Ministry of Health, Nepal, and former Director General of the Department of Health Services, MoH, Nepal. Ryan Schwarz is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Operating Officer of Possible. In 2015 the signing of the new Nepali constitution enshrined the right to health care for all citizens, and with the passage of the recent National Health Insurance Act in 2017, there is important energy and opportunity to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), as committed to by the Sustainable Development Goals.Nepal has made important strides in health-care access and quality over the past two decades, with dramatic improvements in … [Read more...] about Embracing global standards for community health care on Nepal’s path towards universal health coverage