Health care, economics and finance
It's almost unbelievable to think that in our modern society there are still well over a billion people who do not have access to effective and affordable health care. The less affluent countries of the world where over ninety three percent of the world's disease resides have the benefit of a meagre eleven percent of the world's heath spending.
A worthy goal
The World Health Organisation has promoted the concept of health for all and in 2008 backed an initiative to attain a level of health for people around the world that would enable them to live socially and economically productive lives.
However progress towards this worthy objective has been poor and a simple measure of this is the fact that today, people in many locations throughout the world do not have sufficient food and sadly do not have even the basic entitlement of access to clean water.
The stark reality
A hard hitting statistic that puts in perspective the difference between affluent western countries and many third world countries is that two and a half billion people in poorer countries live on less than £1.50 a day. It is estimated that due to the extreme poverty in many developing countries over thirty percent of the global population do not have access to any kind of quality health care.
Economics, finance and funding
The single aspect of health care and economics no matter how it is approached is that poverty is the critical element that affects people's ability to access health care. The wealth of a country, a particular region or any specific individual therefore has a direct and significant impact on their ability to make us of health care facilities.
The elements of finance, funding and affordability are part of a complex matrix in the analysis of health care provision and availability. So when you look at the growing financial strength of countries such as China and India there is wide ranging inequalities within these countries in the access to quality health care for their citizens.
The United States of America has a system of health care based on affordability and people can be denied access to health care based on their income levels, job type (where it doesn't provide health insurance) and ability to pay. Many people will borrow and get into debt to pay for medical attention and care when required. Increasing numbers of Americans are unable to do this because of the amounts of debt they already have. There are many occasions where debt advice
and debt help is sometimes required to enable people to find a way to access health care and medical attention.
Health care fund providers emphasise their concern that something like a debt arrangement scheme
shouldn’t go hand in hand with a health care plan and certainly shouldn’t be a scenario that is predominantly associated with people on low incomes.
This situation is unfair to people on low incomes and certainly does not meet the principle of providing access to quality health care for all.
A new approach is required
The problems of open access to good quality health care are widespread, and whilst data clearly highlights significant problems for developing countries there are obvious problems even within wealthy countries. It has been proposed through the World Health Organisation
that a more collaborative strategy is required with structured alliances and partnerships to provide a more coordinated approach to tackling this world wide problem.