Comparative healthcare: child health

Jayakumar, C., Varghese, R., Mohajer, N., and Hawkins, C. (2009) Comparative healthcare: child health. Australasian Medical Journal, 1 (7). pp. 13-15.

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Unlike India Australia boasts many community services for children from families with complex health problems. Practitioners from India report that their private health system is among the best in the world and that the training, experience and quality of Indian doctors attract private patients from across the globe. On the other hand for many Indians their local health system is not well resourced as is illustrated in the response to these case scenarios. The coverage of organized immunisation program can be limited in some areas; therefore infectious disease is a far greater problem than it is in Australia. In India liberal controls over the sale of many drugs has resulted in widespread abuse of antibiotics and NSAIDs. The lack of electricity in rural areas precludes the storage of insulin and sterile injecting equipment which undermines the quality of diabetic care. On the other hand most Australians benefit from greater government expenditure on health. The welfare system is much more equipped to support parents from underpriviledge areas. Many schools will accept children with intellectual or physical challenges into mainstream classes and can sometimes be financially supported to have a teacher’s assistant for the child. Two groups of Australians need extra support: migrants who may not speak English or know how to access statutory services and Aboriginal people for whom language, lack of social supports or remoteness from health care underscores inequity.

Item ID: 18226
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1836-1935
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2011 02:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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