We all live in a country that has both private and public healthcare services. So much health information is available to us online. Yet, what can we do moving forward that can really give us the health outcomes we deserve to prevent us from becoming the skeleton behind the keyboard.

FIRST: You should understand what healthcare services are available to you? Do you understand the difference between public and private healthcare?

According to the National Procedures Institute, public hospitals are typically larger than private hospitals and are funded by local, state and federal funds. Meanwhile, private hospitals are privately owned and can refuse to provide treatment, unless however a person is in need of stabilization.

 

Let’s look at the numbers:

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*Registered hospitals are those hospitals that meet AHA’s criteria for registration as a hospital facility. Registered hospitals include AHA member hospitals as well as nonmember hospitals. For a complete listing of the criteria used for registration, please see Registration Requirements for Hospitals.

**Community hospitals are defined as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. Other special hospitals include obstetrics and gynecology; eye, ear, nose, and throat; rehabilitation; orthopedic; and other individually described specialty services. Community hospitals include academic medical centers or other teaching hospitals if they are nonfederal short-term hospitals. Excluded are hospitals not accessible by the general public, such as prison hospitals or college infirmaries.

***System is defined by AHA as either a multihospital or a diversified single hospital system. A multihospital system is two or more hospitals owned, leased, sponsored, or contract managed by a central organization. Single, freestanding hospitals may be categorized as a system by bringing into membership three or more, and at least 25 percent, of their owned or leased non-hospital preacute or postacute health care organizations. System affiliation does not preclude network participation.

**** Network is a group of hospitals, physicians, other providers, insurers and/or community agencies that work together to coordinate and deliver a broad spectrum of services to their community. Network participation does not preclude system affiliation.

© 2016 by Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association

 

Still not sure which you prefer?

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Read more here on what to consider when picking the better option. 

SECOND: Understand your public right to health!

The term “public” implies that people have a right to use it or take advantage of it. Thus, when healthcare is delivered in the U.S. in both public and private forms, many are led to believe that health in the U.S. is not entirely deemed as a right or a type of freedom or service that we have access to.

The U.S. prides itself in enabling the public to vocalize their concerns. As students who have grown to become well-versed with health communications, we CHC3 bloggers were able to comprehend how vital communicating health concerns is.

When looking further into whether Americans preferred private or public health care, we noticed that many of those who seemed vocal about the topic opted to post and share their opinion on health care blogs.

We actually found a great database that lists numerous health care blogs.

 

THIRD: How to use this knowledge to benefit your health care options moving forward. Become health activists. Take a stance on what you will be voting for in the upcoming election season.

Often blogs are incorporated within, or transform into. campaigns (as shown here). The organizers of that campaign collected $50 million over 5 years, a very impressive achievement. 

So if the American public can engage in adapting health care reform and other changes in public health policy by means of their online postings and contributions in blogs, then perhaps this is our right to public health. Like most things within the States, this would potentially require the assistance of those with money and power to push over forward, but it is a possibility.

Ultimately, all of the blogs we got to look at, including current ones, such as A Healthy Blog revealed to us that there is power within health communication. Despite whether or not an individual has a preference on private or public means of health care deliverance, we do have a public right to health. Activists can utilize and advocate blogs and online campaigning to bring about health care reform and change.

Next week we will discuss what our current day political candidates are looking into in terms of healthcare reform.

-Signing off, Janani.

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