Health Industry Services

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What Does The Health Industry Do?

The health care industry ( also known as a medical industry ) is a division of a country’s economic system, whose main objective is to provide goods and services to patients requiring curative, preventative, rehabilitative and palliative care. The healthcare sector, as we know it today, is divided into many sub-sectors that rely on interdisciplinary bodies comprising of highly trained professionals, involved with community services, in order to provide quality care to its target population.

A country would not be able to function properly without a highly organized healthcare system in place, it provides care, imparts knowledge and is evolving in order to keep up with current and future trends in healthcare to better serve the community.

Allied Health, Australia, aims to provide accessible healthcare in order to ensure the best possible outcome for its patients.

What Are The Sectors Of Healthcare?

There isn’t a specific classification of sectors as such, so a more broad classification is more commonly used. The key sectors within the healthcare system are divided into four sub-sections and are as follows:

  • Healthcare service and facilities
  • Medical devices, equipment, and hospital supplies manufacturers
  • Medical insurance, medical services, and managed care
  • Pharmaceuticals and related segments

Let’s look at these sub-sections in more detail; The first subsection refers to hospitals – the healthcare system provides support to hospitals and clinics of every discipline within the medical community, nursing care facilities as well as residential, ambulance services, medical practitioners and other healthcare providers.

The second sub-section refers to medical companies that offer their products covering a wide range of medical equipment, supplies, and services ranging from medical apparatuses, to hospital furniture and cleaning products.

The third sub-section refers to the different bodies that provide medical health insurance or other types of services to patients. Managed care is beneficial in providing quality care for organizations while bringing down the cost of health benefits.

The fourth sub-section refers to the pharmaceutical industry, it develops, produces and markets medication – they are bound by the law and regulations regarding, testing, patenting and ensuring of safety and performance of pharmaceuticals.

Is Healthcare A Service Industry?

Yes, healthcare is a service industry, it can form a huge part of a country’s economy. The healthcare industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing and largest industries in the world, it consumes over 10% of a developed nation’s GDP

Nowadays, there are a plethora of ways that the healthcare industry provides care for its patients – this can be done in the home, in the community, and in a workplace, all of these services must be managed by a highly organized business administration.

What Are The Three Types Of Healthcare?

Different patients require different types of healthcare; one patient may require normal healthcare, while another may need more specialized care. On the basis of the patient’s condition, the healthcare system is divided into three types:

Primary healthcare – this type of care is provided by general healthcare providers and goes beyond the traditional healthcare system, providing local care to patients. It deals with a wide range of psychological, physical and social issues. To achieve the goals of primary healthcare, WHO have outlined the five elements required to achieve its goals and they are:

  • stakeholder participation increased.
  • integrate health into all sectors 3) according to people need and expectation providing healthy services
  • pursuing collaborative models of healthy dialogue

Secondary healthcare – this type of healthcare is provided by medical specialists who do not have direct contact with a patient like dermatologists, urologists, and cardiologists. In many countries a patient must be referred to a specialist by a primary healthcare provider – a patient cannot directly contact a secondary healthcare provider, this is due to restrictions surrounding payments.

Tertiary healthcare – this type of healthcare is specialized consultative care and involves an inpatient being referred from primary and secondary healthcare for advanced treatment and medical investigation. Examples of this type of service are cancer management, plastic surgery, burn treatment, cardiac surgery and all other types of complex medical treatments and surgeries.

What Services Are Available For Seniors?

There is a wide range of interventions available for seniors, many of them can be accessed in their own home, residential aged care facilities, and hospitals etc and these types of services include:

  • Interventions that promote healthy aging and reduce the effects of chronic health conditions and disabilities
  • Rehabilitative care to support those regain their strength and independence, following a serious injury or an illness
  • Supporting people who want to live independently in their own home
  • Providing information about the healthcare system and helping people make the right choices for themselves

What Do Social Services Do For The Elderly?

Social services are a great boon for many older people and their families. Looking after an older family member can be very hard and most people do not have the money, time and general resources needed to properly care for them. Some older people are completely alone, these services help the older person feel less isolated and powerless.

Being informed of the what’s available to help them is the first step to gaining a sense of independence. Social services can really improve their quality of life.

What Must Be Done To Address The Health And Social Needs Of The Aging Population?

Due to Australia’s aging population, it’s vital to explore ways in which we can address the health and social needs of the aging population, we can always do more to improve how our health system treats the elderly and this really can only be done by taking a holistic approach.

It’s important to be respectful and listen to what the older person has to say when it comes to their needs and to make them feel comfortable at all times.

Practical solutions should include, providing transportation when needed, scheduling trips, offering to clean their home, mow the lawn, offer to help them bathe, cut their toenails, etc, however, constant communication is key if we want to provide better care for the elderly.

Michigan Universal Health Care Access

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Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MichUHCAN) is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care together with Health Care Sydney for all and improved health outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health through education, strategy development and advocacy.

In fulfillment of our mission MichUHCAN:

  • Is a consistent voice for justice in health care and public policies that promote equitable health outcomes
  • Advocates for increased health care access at the local, state and national level
  • Works with diverse groups that adhere to the principles defining a health care system that is universal, available regardless of ability to pay, comprehensive, cost-efficient; and that eliminates disparity in access and outcomes, provides parity for mental health care, provides continuity of care, ensures quality through evidence-based care, protects consumer choice and is easy to use.

Muskegon Community Health Project

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The Muskegon Community Health Project has a new website: The website contains information about health inequities and stories of how Muskegon is working to remove barriers so that everyone can have a chance to live a healthy life.

Here is an excerpt from the Healing Stories section of the website.

Health Disparities Where You Live:
Health disparities can arise from issues that may seem trivial for many Americans. However, lacking basic transportation or easy access to a health clinic can be a major obstacle to a healthy life.

In the case of a pregnant, single African American woman in Muskegon, lack of adequate transportation meant an inability to make prenatal care appointments at the clinic several miles away from her home. The low-income woman did not own or have access to a vehicle, and because she was new to the area she did not know anybody who owned a vehicle. Her only means of travel to and from the clinic was the public bus system.

She worked a minimum wage job within walking distance to her house, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, further making appointment times difficult to get to because of scheduling conflicts with the bus system and the clinic. The bus route for the trip was long and non-direct, requiring a change of busses along the way. On two occasions this resulted in late arrivals to the clinic causing the woman to miss her scheduled appointment times. Because of this, the visits often lasted several hours each as she had to be •worked-in• between other patients.

The woman mentioned her frustrations and transportation problems to a co-worker who contacted a local human services agency known for assisting people with transportation needs. Volunteers for the agency offered to transport the woman to and from the clinic throughout the length of her pregnancy and for postnatal care following the delivery of the child.

HEM: MDCH Capacity Building Grant

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The Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section (HDRMHS) Capacity Building Grant program was designed as a two phase-four year grant project to promote collaboration between Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), local public health, community- and faith-based organizations, and other local entities to achieve health equity for Michigan’s racial and ethnic populations.

The goal for Phase-I of the Capacity Building Grant program was to fund planning and training activities that promote the overall goal of building local capacity and mobilizing communities to address the root causes (social determinants) of health disparities and increase awareness of the linkages between social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity. Applicants focused on one or more of the following activities:

  • Improving racial/ethnic/ preferred language data collection
  • Developing sustainable effective partnerships and programs to improve racial/ethnic health inequities
  • Improving social determinants of health to eliminate racial/ethnic inequities through public education and evidence-based community interventions

HDRMHS, through a competitive application and objective review process, awarded funding to 16 of the 21 applicants ranging from $20,000-$30,000 to participate in Phase I of the Capacity Building Grant program. Strategies implemented in Phase-I of the Capacity Building Grant project included developing multi-sectored partnerships, conducting needs assessments, participating in health equity training, and creating program implementation plans for the second through fourth years of the grant. The efforts in Phase I of the grant resulted collectively in 171 committed health equity partners from the community and various organizations. Also, 13 of the 16 funded entities submitted proposals to move forward with Phase-II of the Capacity Building Grant program.

The overall success of Phase-I resulted in 7 organizations receiving grant funding in Phase II (January 1, 2011- September 30, 2013) for up to $55,000 each year over a three- year period to implement sustainable multi-leveled programming focused on evidence-based, community-focused initiatives designed to address racial and ethnic health inequities. Organizations that were funded include Asian Center – Southeast Michigan, Berrien County Health Department, Grand Rapids African American Health Institute, Muskegon Community Health Project, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, St. John Community Investment Corporation, and Washtenaw County Public Health.

The Legacy of the Ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan

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Last week,  the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments to determine whether a Michigan ban on using race-based affirmative action in college admissions violates the equal protection rights of people of color. Michigan Roundtable has convened sessions with supporters of affirmative action, academics and political campaign experts to examine the aftermath of other affirmative action ballot proposals. Read what the Michigan Roundtable has discovered.