What amenities should good healthcare providers have?

In todays world healthy lifestyle is like an unfulfilled dream. We all seem to have pushed the idea of a healthy living in the oblivion. With the tremendous amount of work pressure, leading a healthy life with a good dose of physical activities (like jogging and exercise) is a farfetched idea. This sedentary lifestyle has a very bad effect on our health. It causes diseases like diseases like heart diseases, cancer and even psychological problems like depression and amnesia. Hormonal imbalances and diabetes are two disorders that are found in every household nowadays. These two are also a result of unhealthy living.

As the age old adage goes, prevention is always better than cure. It has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that in the western part of the world there has been a commendable decrease in prevalence of chronic diseases due to the availability of regular health checkups provided by healthcare providers. The age group from thirty to sixty five, among the working class, seem to be most affected by the diseases that are caused by leading an unhealthy lifestyle. It should be a practice in every country that women from the age of forty and men from the age of thirty five should make it a habit to go to for health checkups every month.

Types of healthcare

If we go by definition, then healthcare is an organized way of providing healthcare for the maintenance of good health. These healthcare facilities are provided by healthcare providers and professionals from various fields who are linked to the healthcare industrylike pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, dentists, pathologists etc. The healthcare facilities of various countries are greatly influenced by their social and economic condition. There are three different types of healthcare:

Primary healthcare: primary healthcare is all about health equity that produces social policy to support healthcare beyond the traditional healthcare system. Primary healthcare services are on a rise in both developed and developing nations.

Secondary healthcare: this type of healthcare is provided by medical specialists like urologists and radiologists who do not have direct contact with the patient. The patient requires a primary healthcare professionals referral in order to approach a secondary healthcare professional.

Tertiary healthcare: tertiary healthcare is also known as a specialized consultative form of healthcare. This type of healthcare is usually provided to inpatients on the recommendation from primary and secondary healthcare professionals.

These are three broad divisions of healthcare.

Healthcare amenities

Patient amenities provided by a healthcare provider plays a huge role in attracting patients to a healthcare facility. Especially in inpatient care units the rise of state of the art amenities is remarkable. Hospitals and healthcare providers now directly compete for patients by providing the best of facilities.

A good healthcare provider gives the following amenities to its patients:

1) clean sanitation

2) Good x-rays equipments as well as state of the art equipments to test for hearing loss

3) Seven days a week services and therapy offering

4) Pharmacy consultation

5) In-room television

6) Clean and comfortable beds

7) WiFi

8) A spacious courtyard and patio

9) Outpatient services

10) On-site pathological units

11) Rooms with dining facilities

12) No rush dining areas

13) Intercom services for quick summoning of help

14) Soap and other toiletries

The question is why is there so much importance on amenities? This could be because patients often do not understand the intricacies of quality healthcare and complex patient data. They are often attracted to a healthcare provider by the sheer list of amenities that they can provide. Hence healthcare amenities have a huge role to play attracting patients to a healthcare provider.

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