Problems of health care and ways of their solution are very important in every country. Every government tries to perform as many reforms as possible in order to improve the situation with the health care system. These reforms, different points of view of their supporters and opponents are widely depicted in media. The present paper covers some aspects of federal health reforms, their positive and negative features, and their impact on rural health.
The article A national and hospital network: further investments in Australia’s health touches upon the problem of health care in Australia and contains the outlook of some reforms, which government offers in order to improve the state of health care in Australia, especially in the rural areas. Taking into account the current health situation in Australian urban areas, these reforms are very useful. This is a very reasonable step for the Australian government to make investments in the improvement of rural health. To my mind the first and the most reasonable step is making investments into the training of new specialists: “The Government will deliver record investments in training more doctors and allied health workers – so that in the future, patients can get better access to health services when they need them” (Kelly paragraph 11). Reforming inducements for doctors to move to rural territories is also a very useful step, as nowadays these territories are lack qualified medical staff. So, these reforms will undoubtedly have a very useful effect on the current situation of rural health.
In the aspect of Australian health care policy there is one more issue that should be discussed. This is the issue of aboriginal medical services. These services offer some reforms for the improvement of health care in the aboriginal areas of Australia. Although the reforms sound very reasonable and useful, there are some problems, which hamper their fast distribution and development. First of all, it concerns the low level of culture, indifference, lack of acknowledgment, and way of life of those people who inhabit these areas. A low level of culture and progress does not permit people to realize the necessity of aboriginal medical services. Another problem that affects the availability of aboriginal medical services is the so-called rurality, which causes severe accessibility problems. Centers are often so far away, thus leading to great stress for the patients who are distant from their area. As usual, those hospitals which are available are under-resourced with highly qualified professionals.
Finally, it is time to touch upon the pharmacy practice and problems in the rural and remote settings in Australia. Despite the fast-developing progress, the problem of medical service remains very serious. Several factors impact pharmacy practice. First of all, it is the absence of the necessary conditions in some areas, such as water and electricity. One more very important factor is demographic changes, connected with old population and migration of the youth to the city areas. Thus, as a result, the hospitals are lack stuff that can be accessed at any time. And finally, rurality. First of all, it is personal problem, as those who are in habit of living in their territories bear some inconveniences while moving to the city area.
So, needless to say, the problems of medical services in urban and rural territories in Australia are quite severe and demand the fundamental approach to their decision. Government reforms may become a way out that will lead to perfect results in the future.
Mike, Kelly. A national and hospital network: further investments in Australia’s health. Australia to news. 2010. Web.