Country: United Kingdom
Delegate Name: Taha Ibrahim
World Health Organization
Expanding Access to Medical Resources
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Taha Ibrahim, FH Northern HS
According to the WHO, an estimated 400 million individuals all over the world are unable to access essential health services. This, along with substandard service especially in low-income nations has served as a major issue in a global society. This lack of access as well as ever-increasing costs for proper healthcare leads to a disparity among nations. This is most evident in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central America, and Southeast Asia. The United Kingdom, as a global leader in healthcare access, finds it imperative that access to medical services and resources be expanded to all corners of the Earth.
Actions taken by the United Kingdom domestically can be looked upon and adopted by other nations to improve their healthcare services. The first of many actions is establishing a service that provides healthcare to all citizens. For example, the United Kingdom has the National Health Service (NHS). This service provides all essential forms of healthcare to its citizens funded through general taxes. Investments in healthcare are essential to long-term sustainability in developing nations. The United Kingdom is bringing both health and social care services together to provide the most appropriate care to anyone who needs it. These improvements in healthcare assure that no eligible person has to pay more than £86,000. The system offers choice and independence to any users, a higher quality of care, and to have accessibility to anyone anytime.
The best way to expand access to proper medical care and resources is to establish a standard of quality as well as strengthen the capacity for risk reduction and management of health risks. To better improve the quality, proper development, and training of health officials in developing nations. These goals are listed under the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3). The strengthening of national health services, improvements in medical technology and facilities, and the production of necessary resources.
Despite this, many developing nations still struggle with proper healthcare services. 15% of hospital expenditures are due to mistakes in healthcare, clinical guidelines were only followed less than 45% of the time, and nations with high mortality rates lack proper maternal and childcare services. In low and middle-income nations, around 10% of income is spent on medical care. There is still more work to be done to expand medical access to nations across the globe, and the United Kingdom’s ongoing and future involvement will do all it can do to improve the standard of healthcare.