Vertical Integration In Health Care

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Everyone has their own perspective on what integration is. For instance, users view integration as a continuity of care whereby with the aid of financial and medicines management, they gain ease in navigating health system. Whereas providers focus on coordination between technical services and management support (WHO, 2008). Generally, WHO (2008) defines integrated care as the organisation and management of health service, so that it is available-cum-accessible when in need, and user-friendly whereby users can navigate the network of facilities and health services to obtain the desired outcome that is worth the money they pay for. NZ health authority focuses on horizontal integration (within primary care services), vertical integration (between …show more content…
The main features of integrated care include access, quality, and cost. With CHWs’ indigenousness, they translate health information into the community’s language apart from adapting to the values to make the services more client-oriented. Targeting high risk populations, they provide equitable care by enhancing access through outreach besides promoting health and disease prevention ideas. Along with the establishments of partnerships with academic medical centres and care-managing organisations (i.e. organisational integration), trust in CHWs has increased. This heightens community participation in health systems and education about health besides improving the quality of care (Witmer et al., 1995). CHWs provide multi-purpose service delivery point where services ranging from preventive to curative are available at one location. For example, in KMHSS in Hutt Valley region, Wellington, CHWs provide asthma support, diabetes support, injury prevention, outreach immunization, smoking cessation, and even nutrition (Forrest et al., 2011). Coordination …show more content…
They bring services as close as possible to underserved populations, thereby narrowing the gap of inequality between privileged and marginalised communities. CHWs services are affordable and of good quality. They provide an economical approach towards integrating care whereby equity of care is their greatest priority. Despite facing challenges in their career, CHWs altruistically devote their life for public health and wellbeing. As such, it is everyone’s responsibility to help them overcome those difficulties they

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