Sadly, there are a lot of people around the world who are without access to healthcare. Many of these people will suffer greatly from the symptoms of conditions and illnesses that can actually be treated easily. Birth rates would have been higher in many countries if women only had access to maternal care. Medicines and other vaccines that are readily available to many of us are yet to reach developing countries. However, even in more developed countries, some still don’t have access to quality healthcare simply because of wage disparity. Those who are in the top 1% can easily access the healthcare they need while others barely scrape by.
The good thing is that technology is now changing the landscape. More people now have Internet access. They can get medical information online, and even consult medical experts directly. They can also use the internet to find help from nearby health centres.
New preventive and diagnostic devices are being invented all that time in order to offer effective solutions that are cheaper to mass produce. With these inventions, those in remote areas of developing nations have a chance to treat their illnesses or prevent their conditions from worsening. As these newer technologies do not cost a lot, even private organisations are willing to purchase and donate them to these poorer areas. The World Health Organisation is also trying its best to allow more countries to have access to the latest technology. Volunteers for medical missions have also increased in recent years; provide greater support where it needed most.
A spark of hope
The chance to address health issues and medical conditions naturally makes people more hopeful about life in general. Access to modern technology means more people are confident that they can ultimately recover from their medical issues or improve their quality of life long term.
There is also more research being conducted by experts to improve current technologies further, making it even cheaper for more people to have better healthcare access. Research from private organisations and public institutions has already solved various health crises around the world. The bio-medical journal, Oncotarget, has also worked hard to ensure that this information reaches more people. Governments from around the world are investing more in research to make sure that innovations not only take place, but that more people will have access to them.
Drugs that used to be exclusive to more affluent people are now available at a much lower price because of recent innovations. Unfortunately though, there are some pharmaceutical companies taking advantage of these innovations in order to increase their prices and make the drugs more exclusive again. Government regulations are currently being discussed to prevent this from happening and to allow more people to have easy access to these life saving modern drugs.
More to come
Although important changes have occurred, there is still a long way to go in terms of providing access to quality healthcare to underdeveloped areas. Many remote locations are yet to be reached, and political turmoil can also prevent medical access in certain parts of the world. In most developing countries, having a doctor for every community is considered a luxury. The mortality rate is still disturbingly high. We have in recent times witnessed the spread of viruses like Ebola in countries where medical knowledge is scarce, and the most basic information is not available to ordinary people.
Encouragingly, more organisations are taking notice, and are doubling their efforts to help poorer people all around the world. The road ahead might be tough, but, finally, there is action being taken to ensure that the status quo will eventually change.
Hopefully, access to healthcare and basic medical knowledge will one day be available to all. This will require a lot of time, effort and funding from government and various organisations of course, but it is not an impossible goal to achieve.
The good thing about technology is that it keeps on getting better all the time. While some technologies have been called harmful to society, and their ongoing development and integration into our lives blamed for many things, other technologies are both improving and saving lives across the globe every day. Those who have put their efforts into innovations in the medical field are helping to build a better future for our species. We should be grateful that top researchers in the medical field are doing everything they can to make healthcare more accessible to every man, woman and child in need.