Three greatest threats to global health

Our health is our greatest asset and healthcare is the major determining factor of our physical, mental and social well-being. Without proper healthcare, it is impossible to remain fit and healthy. This article will let you know the three most dangerous problems of health care that are being faced recently.

Unnecessary care:

The overuse and unnecessary care are very harmful as it costs a large amount of money and can even lead to lost productivity and disability in patients. Institutes such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, early elective deliveries are completely non-essential.

It has been shown through various studies that the early elective deliveries may lead to several neonatal and maternal complications in both the mother and the child. Various associations like the Childbirth Connection, March of Dimes and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses have been implying to stop the occurrence of such early deliveries and a considerable reduction in the rate of these deliveries have been observed from the 1990s to date.

Perverse incentives in how we pay for care:

Many medical insurance programs such as the health plans, Medicare and Medicaid bear the expenses of all the medical services of their providers irrespective of the actual benefit received by them.

The early elective deliveries are encouraging this type of payment because they generated admissions to NICU, which are nothing but profit centers. A decline in such types of deliveries is directly proportional to the decline of health costs, which in turn is financially not good for the hospitals. The abhorrent act of payment incentives is continued to be reversed by the states such as Texas and South Carolina, which is very sad.

Lack of transparency:

Many people are still not fully aware of the very important part of our life i.e. health care. Transparency is essential to exhilarate a change. You should always be aware of what is going on around you. Take for example the case of early elective deliveries.

Even after a repeated warning from the renowned medical societies and highly prestigious national and international organizations, the rate of such deliveries has always found to be increasing. However, the rated saw a decline when organizations like the Leapfrog Group reported the early elective delivery rates of different hospitals, which was done through a voluntary survey of about 800 hospitals. This is the right of the consumers to know about the birth rates of hospitals in their country.

Summary:

The policymakers, consumer advocates, Department of Health and Human Services along with Regional Coalitions along with the consumers can bring about a drastic change in the world of healthcare.

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