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The Philippine Health Care Delivery System

The Philippine Health Care Delivery System

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THE PHILIPPINE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEMHEALTH CARE SYSTEM
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an organized plan of health services (Miller-Keane, 1987)
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY
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rendering health care services to the people (Williams-Tungpalan, 1981).
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM (Williams-Tungpalan, 1981)
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the network of health facilities and personnel which carries outthe task of rendering health care to the people.
PHILIPPINE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
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is a complex set of organizations interacting to provide an arrayof health services (Dizon, 1977).
COMPONENTS OF THE HEALTH DELIVERY SYSTEMThe Department of Health Mandate:
The Department of Health shall be responsible for the following:formulation and development of national health policies, guidelines,standards and manual of operations for health services andprograms; issuance of rules and regulations, licenses andaccreditations; promulgation of national health standards, goals,priorities and indicators; development of special health programs andprojects and advocacy for legislation on health policies and programs.The primary function of the Department of Health is the promotion,protection, preservation or restoration of the health of the peoplethrough the provision and delivery of health services and through theregulation and encouragement of providers of health goods andservices (E.O. No. 119, Sec. 3).
Vision:
Health as a right. Health for All Filipinos by the year 2000 andHealth in the Hands of the People by the year 2020.
 
Mission:
The mission of the DOH, in partnership with the people toensure equity, quality and access to health care:
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by making services available
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by arousing community awareness
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by mobilizing resources
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by promoting the means to better health
LEVELS OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES1. PRIMARY LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
 
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are the rural health units, their sub-centers, chest clinics,malaria eradication units, and schistosomiasis control unitsoperated by the DOH; puericulture centers operated by Leagueof Puericulture Centers; tuberculosis clinics and hospitals of thePhilippine Tuberculosis Society; private clinics, clinics operatedby the Philippine Medical Association; clinics operated by largeindustrial firms for their employees; community hospitals andhealth centers operated by the Philippine Medicare CareCommission and other health facilities operated by voluntaryreligious and civic groups (Williams-Tungpalan, 1981).
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. SECONDARY LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
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are the smaller, non-departmentalized hospitals includingemergency and regional hospitals.
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Services offered to patients with symptomatic stages of disease, which require moderately specialized knowledge andtechnical resources for adequate treatment.
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. TERTIARY LEVEL OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
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are the highly technological and sophisticated services offeredby medical centers and large hospitals. These are thespecialized national hospitals.
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Services rendered at this level are for clients afflicted withdiseases which seriously threaten their health and whichrequire highly technical and specialized knowledge, facilitiesand personnel to treat effectively (Williams-Tungpalan, 1981)
 
FACTORS ON THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF HEALTHWORKERS AMONG COUNTRIES AND COMMUNITIES
1. available health manpower resources2. local health needs and problems3. political and financial feasibility
THREE LEVELS OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE WORKERSA. VILLAGE OR GRASSROOT HEALTH WORKERS
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first contacts of the community and initial links of health care.
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Provide simple curative and preventive health care measurespromoting healthy environment.
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Participate in activities geared towards the improvement of thesocio-economic level of the community like food productionprogram.
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Community health worker, volunteers or traditional birthattendants.
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. INTERMEDIATE LEVEL HEALTH WORKERS
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represent the first source of professional health care
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attends to health problems beyond the competence of villageworkers
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provide support to front-line health workers in terms of supervision, training, supplies, and services.
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Medical practitioners, nurses and midwives.
C. FIRST LINE HOSPITAL PERSONNEL
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provide back up health services for cases that requirehospitalization
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establish close contact with intermediate level health workers or village health workers.
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Physicians with specialty, nurses, dentist, pharmacists, other health professionals.

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