Health Industry Services
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.