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Author(s): Abu Bakar Suleiman

Journal: International e-Journal of Science, Medicine & Education
ISSN 2231-8194

Volume: Suppl 1;
Start page: S2;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Healthcare | Medicine | WHO | National Quality Assurance Programmes | HSR | priority

ABSTRACT
Healthcare investment is critically important for thehealth and well-being of the population, and differenthealth systems are developed to meet the needs andpriorities of each country. What has become clear hasbeen that despite major advances in medicine, scienceand technology, there are major issues related toaccess and equity as well as quality and patient safetyin healthcare services. The issue of patient safety washighlighted by the reports of the Institute of Medicine,USA1,2 and this had received worldwide attention.It is also an irony that despite being in an age ofmajor advances in medicine, science and technology,with the acceptance of evidence-based medicine,so much of medicine and healthcare delivered is oflittle or no proven value. This poses a major challengeon health policy, and on how this can be addressed inany health reform process that focuses on improvingaccess, equity, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcareservices.
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