My proposed change is to improve access to health care services in rural communities. This report provides a comparative analysis of different health care systems, focusing on how they provide access to health care services in rural areas.
In the United States, approximately 19% of the population lives in rural areas and yet only 10% of physicians practice there due to limited resources and lack of incentives for providers (CDC, 2019). As a result, those living in rural areas often face barriers such as long wait times for medical appointments or difficulty accessing specialty care that residents of urban areas do not experience (American Hospital Association, 2020).
In comparison, countries such as Canada and Australia have implemented various policies that increase access to health care services in their respective remote regions. For example, Australia has put into place initiatives such as telehealth which enable doctors and other practitioners to provide services remotely via video conferencing technology (Australian Government Department of Health, 2018). Additionally, some provinces within Canada have enacted programs like “rural physicians recruitment incentive” which offers financial compensation packages designed to attract more practitioners into underserved regions (Health Canada Agency , 2020). In contrast with the US system where financial considerations are given priority over providing patient-centered care , these policies illustrate a focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to delivering healthcare.
Propose a change to one aspect of your local or regional health care system or program that would improve outcomes. Conduct a comparative analysis of different health care systems, focusing on one aspect of the system you are proposing to change. Summarize your proposed change and the results of your comparative analysis in a report to executive leaders.
To improve health outcomes in our local area I propose implementing similar programs – namely increasing access through telehealth technology and providing incentives for professionals who work or relocate to remote locations. These measures will foster an environment where all individuals regardless of location can receive equal access to quality healthcare . Moreover , this could be achieved by leveraging existing resources from government agencies or private organizations —similarly done by both Canadian provinces and Australian governments— utilizing funds already allocated towards community development projects . Ultimately , these investments would prove beneficial so long term benefit costs are managed accordingly.
In conclusion , my proposed change seeks to increase rural citizens’ access to necessary healthcare services by following the model set by countries like Australia and Canada; specifically using telehealth technologies along with financial incentives for providers who work or relocate remotely . By doing so we can ensure that each individual receives equal opportunity while promoting cost effective strategies —ultimately resulting in improved outcomes throughout our region