Public health isn’t about state-run hospitals

The term ‘public health’ has been misappropriated to mean healthcare in the public sector. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint Nearly all democracies use two modalities of modern medicine to keep citizens healthy—public health and disease-care. Public health is what the state does to prevent diseases and to protect health. In contrast, disease-care includes the different types of biomedical interventions that are carried out to restore health after an individual falls ill. Therefore, disease-care is popularly called “healthcare”. Healthcare is labour-intensive, given by one worker to one client at a time. Clinics and…

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HOSPITAL FOOD ‘DIABOLICAL’ Report shows half of hospitals are failing to meet basic government food standards

Rules brought in to drive up standards include providing “flexible” meals and drinks day and night. But new data from the Department of Health shows only 54 per cent are fully compliant. Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “The situation is diabolical. “When the hospital food standards were brought in two years ago, we were promised that these hospital food standards were legally binding. “With half of hospitals still not meeting even the basic standards, we can now see that this is demonstrably not the case….

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When complications arise, some hospitals get paid a lot more

Medicare pays some U.S. hospitals two to three times more than others to care for older adults who experience complications after major surgery, a new analysis finds. Those higher payments aren’t always associated with better clinical care, the study authors said. The findings suggest that some hospitals deal with surgical complications, such as serious bleeding, infection and kidney failure, more efficiently than others, the authors noted. “If we had found that they’re spending more money, but they’re actually saving people’s lives, it’s worth it, right?” said Dr. Hari Nathan, the…

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