My country — my health care | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 02, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 02, 2018

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My country — my health care

Healthcare in 1980

  • Healthcare delivery was dominated by public hospitals
  • Service standards were generally poor
  • Physicians were tied to security of public system
  • Innovation was slow
  • Private hospitals were in their infancy
  • Served mostly middle and upper class clientele
  • Mostly part-time physicians from public hospitals run the industry
  • Few modern technologies came to Dhaka for medical care

Healthcare in 2011

  • Doctors and patients — neither side of the coin is satisfied
  • Many have lost confidence in locally available services and allied health care
  • People are going abroad — especially to India, Thailand and Singapore in increasing numbers to get treatment
  • Pressing need to better address the health rights of those who have less, especially the ‘middle class’

Healthcare in 2018

  • Health inequalities are increasing
  • Public vs. non-public sector — challenges ahead
  • Quality of care needs accreditation
  • ICU, CCU and post-operative need monitoring by a private expert cell
  • People are going abroad; it is increasing again
  • Private health care services created medical poverty
  • Proper human resource constraints are prevailing
  • There is no planning towards biomedical century and further advancement



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