Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should all but make us realise this one fact. Hospitals, medical facilities and equipment within them are the best investment a country can make. It can’t be stressed enough that this investment is necessary for true public welfare. We foresee immediate investment from all the countries in their healthcare. During and post pandemic years regardless of their economic indicators. In this article we explain the foreseen transformations to the Healthcare Industry and some related measures.
Preparation against Bio-Weapons and Pathogens
There is a small chance of an all-out war with nearly every world power armed to the teeth. Therefore, if countries try to hurt each other, it can be through these bio-weapons. To sway public opinion in their favour or spread confusion and panic it can supported by information, media and propaganda . Nevertheless, to be ready, countries need to enhance their healthcare infrastructure and try to fill the gaps exposed by this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These pandemics have devastated humanity before (MERS and SARS etc) and they will continue to do so. Unless pathogen transmission from animals to humans can be controlled.
Telemedicine will Revolutionise the Healthcare Industry
Telemedicine is a safer option for both patients and doctors, with many healthcare professionals getting infected themselves. I know a family, who cancelled their hospital visit for a simple but important medical procedure in fear of catching the virus from other visiting patients. Telemedicine done right can be a low cost, accessible and low risk mechanism. It can play a great role, especially for patients with other conditions who do not need critical care or do not want to visit a hospital. Doing so has become more important in these times as hospitals are already running out of capacity with COVID-19 patients or other contagious diseases.
Formation of a Medical Reserves Unit
The pandemic has also highlighted the scarcity we have both of medical professionals, support staff and medical equipment. Hence, establishment of medical reserve force can be another option. Similar to military reserves, students or general public can learn basic skills to provide care. These need based professionals considered as reserve medical force can play a vital role in fighting such pandemics or wide-spread medical emergencies.
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries
Countries would need to rethink their healthcare, medicine and pharmaceutical industries along with the healthcare profession. The pharmaceutical industry and the way it operates will need a thorough review. The commercial aspect of medicine has benefited nearly all the parties except the general public. Maybe, there will be a time when medicine and procedures will be controlled through public / private partnerships like in U.K. and Canada. Consequently, the development, exploration and manufacturing of medicine and vaccines has to be reviewed. The commercial pharmaceutical industry considers vaccine as a non-profitable venture, hence the time to make vaccine available to masses is prolonged.
It’s very easy but horrifying to imagine a family without insurance or help from their state losing all of their life savings and more due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or such wide spread diseases. With this Pandemic, the need for Universal Healthcare and insurance has to gain prominence. The pressure from masses has to result in public policy that ensures us of this basic provision.
Routing the Colossal Defence Budget towards Universal Healthcare
Instead of funding foreign interventions and conflicts to impose their own will on to others. Countries need to invest in Universal Family care and those who have already invested need to improve it. We foresee, an immense demand for it especially in the U.S. a centralised reserve for healthcare. Where everyone contributes according to their wealth and the ones in need get coverage from it. Furthermore, we foresee regulations that should involve the private sector more and governments taking research, manufacturing or exploration in their own hands. The United States spent roughly $700 billion on defence in 2018, only expected to increase in the coming years. It’s ironic how we have spent billions on wars while there is an acute shortage of ventilators and face masks for general public.
Maybe it’s time to route a portion of this war budget towards healthcare to fight this pandemic or its 2nd or 3rd wave and prepare for another one.
In this series of articles, we’ll be looking at How the changes future will bring after the pandemic in relation to;
- Coronavirus Outbreak – Infection Control and Pathogen Transmission
- Economy in the Post Pandemic World
- Workplace and employments in the Post Pandemic World
- Society, Culture and Religion in the Post Pandemic World
- Democracy & Climate Change in the Post Pandemic World
- Media in the Post Pandemic World