Importance of Clinics
Have you ever wondered how medical care would have been in the past? Definitely not as advanced as it is today. Good healthcare is the first step to a successful and advanced society. In the last century, many countries have seen developments in the medical systems of their country. With medical science around the world progressing at a very fast pace, new medical equipments and medicines now offer treatments to illnesses that used to be incurable. So let’s say you have a minor illness like a flu or headache, does that mean you have to visit the hospital? Although hospitals may have outpatient clinics that cater to such cases, in the recent times many countries have seen private and government clinics appearing in the vicinity of their homes. The purpose of these clinics is to provide convenient and fast medical treatment to not so serious illnesses at a cheaper rate as compared to visiting a hospital for the general public.
Clinics can be set up by the government with subsidized healthcare to cater to the masses of the public who cannot afford expensive treatments. They also help ease the crowds of patients in hospitals. The government would place some of its registered doctors at these facilities to tend to the patients. These clinics can also be associated with hospitals as some hospitals would send their outpatients to these places for treatment once they have been discharged. Routine checkups can be done at clinics that are affiliated with hospitals. Many doctors also choose to set up their own clinics to serve the people of a certain neighborhood. Different clinics may also cater to different medical conditions. For example a maternity clinic would not offer the same services as a clinic for heart diseases. A government clinic usually tends to cater to all types of illnesses and if they are unable to provide treatment or they feel that treatment from a hospital is crucial for the patient, they would refer the patient to a hospital.
The difference in private and government clinics is that in the latter, a patient can get healthcare at a much cheaper rate but would have to wait for a long time before he or she can see the doctor due to the large number of patients there who also wants to seek for medical help. In the former, healthcare is more expensive as they are not subsidized by the government, however a visit to a private clinic may take as less as ten minutes.
As technology and society advances, clinics start to offer more complex services that previously were only available at hospitals. Government clinics usually tend to have more services and facilities offered to the public as they are subsidized but both have their pros and cons.