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Healthcare Reform Checklist

September 24th, 2022

GENERAL

Healthcare legislation in countries in transition,Guest Posting emerging economies, and developing countries should permit – and use economic incentives to encourage – a structural reform of the sector, including its partial privatization.

KEY ISSUES

· Universal healthcare vs. selective provision, coverage, and delivery (for instance, means-tested, or demographically-adjusted)

· Health Insurance Fund: Internal, streamlined market vs. external market competition

· Centralized system – or devolved? The role of local government in healthcare.

· Ministry of Health: Stewardship or Micromanagement?

· Customer (Patient) as Stakeholder

· Imbalances: overstaffing (MDs), understaffing (nurses), geographical distribution (rural vs. urban), service type (overuse of secondary and tertiary healthcare vs. primary healthcare)

AIMS

· To amend existing laws and introduce new legislation to allow for changes to take place.

· To effect a transition from individualized medicine to population medicine, with an emphasis on the overall welfare and needs of the community

Hopefully, the new legal environment will:

· Foster entrepreneurship;

· Alter patterns of purchasing, provision, and contracting;

· Introduce constructive competition into the marketplace;

· Prevent market failures;

· Transform healthcare from an under-financed and under-invested public good into a thriving sector with (more) satisfied customers and (more) profitable providers.

· Transition to Patient-centred care: respect for patients’ values, preferences, and expressed needs in regard to coordination and integration of care, information, communication and education, physical comfort, emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety, involvement of family and friends, transition and continuity.

The Law and regulatory framework should explicitly allow for the following:

I. PURCHASING and PURCHASERS

(I1) Private health insurance plans (Germany, CzechRepublic, Netherlands), including franchises of overseas insurance plans, subject to rigorous procedures of inspection and to satisfying financial and governance requirements. Insured/beneficiaries will have the right to apply contributions to chosen purchaser and to switch insurers annually.

Private healthcare plans can be established by large firms; guilds (chambers of commerce and other professional or sectoral associations); and regions (see the subchapter on devolution under VI. Stewardship).

Private insurers: must provide universal coverage; offer similar care packages; apply the same rate of premium, unrelated to the risk of the subscriber; cannot turn applicants down; must adhere to national-level rules about packages and co-payments; compete on equality and efficiency standards.

Five Things You Should Know About Home Healthcare

March 22nd, 2022

As the population of the United States gets older, and medical science makes it so as to have people live longer, healthcare will be the most important thing being discussed in the U.S. for years to come. Perhaps the biggest offshoot of general healthcare is home healthcare. Over the years, the desire for patients to maintain as much of an independent home life as possible while receiving care has become a necessary part of the treatment conversation with little sign of slowing down.

Home healthcare can be very complicated. All one needs to do is think about what it would take to treat someone with serious mobility issues away from a hospital. What if a patient has begun to hit the latter stages of Alzheimer’s and requires twenty-four hour monitoring? Most homes are not equipped to handle the amount of retrofitting and renovation it would take to make a home environment as conducive as possible to getting the best care. Still, home healthcare is strong.

Beyond the numbers and logistics, it’s important to talk about home healthcare as it pertains to maintaining a basic quality of life while still receiving medical treatment. More patients feel that they best way for them to heal and recover is at home with loved ones in an environment that is familiar. It’s hard to argue with this line of reasoning, but you can’t help but feel as though you need more information.

If you’re still not sure about home healthcare and what it can mean for you & your family, here are five things you should know about it:

Discuss It Even When It Seems Far Away – Advanced directives and end-of-life documents are not great conversation topics, but they are important and need to take place. Take care of this stuff while you still can.

There Are Variants of Home Healthcare – Home healthcare can vary from help with errands for the elderly to changing soiled sheets for a bedridden patient. Outlining what you or your family member needs will help you find the right agency to provide services in your home.

It’s All About the Human Connection – Medicine is a sterile, often cold mistress. It’s not friendly. Here’s is where the best home healthcare agencies shine. Their employees make the effort to connect with patients so as to make them feel important & help remove any idea they may have about being a burden.

Training Is Vital to Its Success – As such, it’s important to maintain standards for individuals that will be working with our loved ones. The amount of training can vary for employment, so be proactive and ask about it before hiring someone.

Communication Is A Cornerstone – The biggest complaint about caregivers is that there is a lack of communication with patients & patient families. This is unacceptable. A patient and his or her family depends on a caregiver to be there when needed, and a lack of communication is a sure way to cause irreparable harm to the patient-caregiver relationship.