The U. S. Indian health service strategic plan is based on an assessment of the entire health care system surrounding, in which it operates. In the assessment, different areas of concern are being checked into to ensure growth of the IHS is possible. One of the areas is the cost of health care. Growth can only be assured if there is the availability of patients, and workforce. Ensuring that these two essential elements exist, the growth of the health care sector is ensured. In light of this, the IHS is keen to guarantee that there is workforce availability at all times (U. S.
Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). Its adequacy should also be guaranteed as there is no point in having a workforce that does not deliver. This is in terms of the provision of service, and product analysis. The Indian Health System is keen to broaden its performance based culture. This is another assessment that they are hoping to capitalize on. In the event that they do not do this, they run the risk of failing in delivering quality health care. This may, in turn, make society and the nation to lose faith in their health care system.
They are keen to increase the innovative sector more than it has already (Daly, 2009). Innovative models are on the top of that list. As earlier pointed out, it is not just about the most expensive equipment. The strategic plan is capable of offering society, and the nation culturally relevant, and proactive response to the goals that are set for/by them (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2011). The goals are meant to spearhead the awareness of good, physical, mental, and social health.
The IHS has strategic goals that it has set in order to realise the possibility of having a health care system that caters for everyone’s needs. One of these goals is to build and sustain healthy surroundings, and communities. This fosters trust among the health practitioners, and the society. The second goal is to present excellent, health care services that are available for everyone. Encouraging collaboration and innovation is the next plan that is capable of lifting the IHS to much greater heights. According to some health practitioners, it is likely that many health care systems adopt approaches based on their technological advances.
They, however, ascertain that all the latest technology in the health care sector cannot be substituted for quality health care. In IHS, there have been reports that doctors and surgeons have refused to purchase surgical robots since they are expensive.
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