February 17, 2005
HEALTH CARE NEEDS HAVE CHANGED/ Worldwide pressures for increased spending stem from technological and demographic changes, such as an aging population, changing disease patterns and an increase of immigration in most developed countries. At the same time, the need for health services has increased in recent years and is expected to continue to do so in the future. In most under developed and some developed countries access to such health care services and facilities is limited at best. Demand for state of the art medical facilities and services continue to rise, however many Governments and state run hospitals and clinics worldwide often lack the ability to provide certain capital-intensive medical services. The role of private foreign capital in developing countries has increased sharply in the past twenty years, because of higher returns, risk diversification, financial deregulation, advances in technology, availability of diverse financial instruments, and globalization of financial markets. Yet access to basic health services has remained stagnate in the same amount of years. Private participation with government incentive's in health infrastructure must increase. If we are to stop the suffering and needless deaths that occur because the lack of or limited access to health care services. It is my opinion that governments in both the developed and developing world work together. Health care is a global issue not a regional issue. No one government can do it alone private provision, particularly for health services must be fully utilized and explored. Moreover public policy and funding functions are separable from the provision of services. Governments thus have the option to tap private initiative, while providing funding to deal with affordable concerns. Private provision is thus one of the tools for governments in their effort to build out social service systems that provide universal access to all.
Posted by Melvin J. Howard