HISTORY OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY IN THE U.S
Historyof Healthcare Delivery in the U.S
History of Healthcare Delivery inthe U.S
Acongruency between the healthcare institutions is that they allexhibit an adeptness at the advancement of not only their physicalfacilities, but also, their human resource. This, in the case of theVA, can be extenuated by the drastic rise in the number of healthcareinstitutions serving veterans from 54 in the early 20thcentury, to 152, in the early 21stcentury (Shi & Singh, 2014). The University of Virginia also hasexperienced enhancement in facilities such as the establishment ofthe McKim Hall for nursing. The colonial Williamsburg public hospitalalso saw substantial improvement in its healthcare facilitiesfollowing the enactment of the law ascertaining the pertinence oftreatment of the mentally ill (PublicHospital, 2017).History.org.Retrieved 20 January 2017, fromhttp://www.history.org/almanack/places/hb/hbhos.cfm. Allaforementioned healthcare institutions also experienced a substantialdampening in development during the great depression.
The VA, Universityof Virginia Hospital and colonial Williamsburg public hospital dohowever exhibit differences in their evolution. For instance, thecolonial Williamsburg public hospital experienced criticism from thepublic at first, which inhibited its growth ("The University ofVirginia Hospital: History of Its Beginnings – University of VirginiaHospital Centennial Celebration", 2017). The University ofVirginia hospital on the other hand, was steered towards a morenuance, research based institution, as opposed to the VA which, overthe years, was geared toward optimization of healthcare provision forveterans (Affairs., 2017). Lessons learnt include the fact thatadvancements in science and technology, are critical toward theenhancement of the services offered by any institutions. Furthermore,the evolution of the same, is indicative of the paramount nature ofpolitical and social awareness on the importance of healthcare, toall manner of persons. A critique of the gradual change undergone bythe healthcare organizations, reveals that they comprise facilitieswhich are technologically, diplomatically and socially conscious ofthe now. As such, their evolution so far, as well as theirflexibility for improvement, ensures that they remain relevant.
In conclusion, healthcare, at its most efficient, is a dynamicindustry. As such, it is subject to change and alterations withregard to the environment and the adaptability by which thehealthcare system in a country can muster, determines to a greatdeal, its success and relevance in today’s world. The department ofVeterans Affairs, University of Virginia hospital, and the colonialWilliamsburg public hospital have all undergone several alterationsover the decades, each change a step towards universal, free andconcise healthcare for the citizens of the nation. Such evolution andchange stands as an example to be followed by other healthcareinstitutions in the U.S, in a bid to optimize the nature ofhealthcare provided within the country.
Affairs., D. (2017). History – VA History – About VA. Va.gov.Retrieved 20 January 2017, fromhttp://www.va.gov/about_va/vahistory.asp
Public Hospital. (2017).History.org. Retrieved 20 January 2017,from http://www.history.org/almanack/places/hb/hbhos.cfm
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The University of Virginia Hospital:History of Its Beginnings – University of VirginiaHospital Centennial Celebration. (2017). University ofVirginia Hospital Centennial Celebration. Retrieved 20 January2017, from http://exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu/centennial/beginnings/