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Public Health and The Role of The GovernmentKelly McCloeAspen University: N502 – Healthcare SystemsSeptember 29, 2019
The profession of health care and the quality of care associated with it has faced numerous challenges over the years and has changed significantly along with the definition of quality of care. Amongst the many fields of medicine, public health and private medicine face their own hurdles. There are numerous viewpoints that can contribute to the inconsistent opinions and practice of medicine. Year after year the medical field combats certain challenges and medical errors continue to be at the top of the list. More government intervention is requiredto face these challenges effectively and find solutions to maintain patient safety and protect health care. There is also an immeasurable hurdle of needing to raise the car when it comes to health care’s accessibility, cost, and overall quality.Public Health versus Private MedicineAlthough the private and public healthcare departments play a key role in meeting the healthcare needs of people, their relationship is contentious because their objectives are based ondifferent fundamentals and their approach is very different, yet they are working towards the same goal.The public health programs mainly target patients’ needs to provide the healthcare services and to meet the medical requirements of patients, whereas the private medical care also gives higher priority to patient's comfort, which increases the medical expenses. Overall, the quality of care provided by public health and private medicine differs, however, the definition of quality of care is important to determine which sector is providing the best services. It is found that the many public health professionals search for the most effective method of treatment for a larger population using the least amount of resources. “A private physician, as we perceive him or her, serves an individualpatient and owes through tradition and law his greatest duty to the individual patient he/she is treating. A public health doctor may never treat anyone after her
initialtraining. His goal is to treat the public as a whole.” (Morgan, Ensor, & Waters, 2016).