Historical events affect the provision of health care in various ways, and it is essential for the healthcare environment to evolve about these events. These historical events result in the reflection that the healthcare environment must embrace changes. This involves working along the lines that there are regular changes that must be affected in order to have an effective health care system. According to Lundy & Janes (2009), some of these changes are necessitated by the emergence of educated health care consumers who are well informed and expects to take part in the decisions that affect their health. This issue and the advancement of technology have made consumers more knowledgeable in issues that touch on health care. This, therefore, means that there is an increased demand for a more sophisticated approach to healthcare provision.
Additionally these educated consumers further support the development of Health care policies and regulations, and it is noteworthy that these regulations are aimed at protecting the health care consumers. These regulations and policies dictate that it is critical for health care providers to observe ethical standards strictly and these providers must be willing to assist the patients to maximize their opportunities to healthcare (Heller et al. 2009).
On the other hand, globalization is another factor that affects the health care environment. Globalization makes the health care environment open to individuals from anywhere in the world and with this there is the emergence and re-emergence of diseases and infections that come with globalization. This, therefore, requires that the health care providers embrace the need for continuous education and collaborative practices to stay in touch with the changing health care environment (Peck, 2005, p.120). Moreover, there is the rise in the variety of health care consumers and the change in the demographics within the population, which affects the health care provision as providers, must take these issues in consideration, in the delivery of healthcare.
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