Reflections on the Pandemic in the Future of the World

Health Services and Transformation of Health Services in the Post-pandemic Period

Maximizing the life quality of individuals and providing a high level of health services to people is the main goal of the health system. The externality feature of healthcare services requires the state to assume basic responsibilities in the provision of health care services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, handling health as a public service and the importance of service delivery with a philosophical perspective based on the principles of inclusiveness, equity, and solidarity has become evident. The health system, which has a dynamic structure, has experienced a much faster change and development process in the pandemic process. During the pandemic period, it is important to evaluate the positive and negative aspects of experiences in service delivery, to adapt the services to changing conditions, and to take an organizational and holistic approach in solving the problems. From a social perspective, treating the masses in infectious diseases is much more difficult and costly than preventing the occurrence of the disease. The importance of preventive health services and primary care service structuring within the health system is better understood in this process. In the post-pandemic period, It will be important to experience changes and transformations health system such as the solution of labour and infrastructure problems in the health service system, establishment of a system based on quality and efficiency, strengthening the production capacity of our country(Turkey) in all areas, bringing our country that meets both needs and exports, revising the medical education in line with the needs, increasing cross-sectoral cooperation and health literacy of the society. Most importantly, attempts should be started to establish the referral chain by seeing the opportunity of social perception about primary services during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Prof. Ali Özer, Prof. Fevziye Çetinkaya
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.2020.075