Around the world, the state of healthcare is in constant flux. Conditions range from nations where the best-case scenario is one of barely keeping up with the demand for enhanced medical treatment to those where it has reached absolute crisis point.
The urgent need for more elite services, experienced medical staff and improved operational fiscal management is endemic. This is where our four pillars can provide the solutions. We can design and construct hospitals, then equip, staff, provide medical services, and operate them. Our Energy Solutions pillar can provide the LNG for the energy conservation systems built in to the hospitals, and the security pillar can provide the biometric security systems and command center, as well as, train the security personnel.
With rising global demand, there are neither sufficient healthcare services available to provide relief nor an adequate number of hospitals to meet the demand.
These issues are not unique to any one region. Throughout the world the provision of healthcare services and quality hospitals are under unbearable strain, exacerbated by a growing prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases; such as diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, cancer, psychiatric and musculoskeletal disorders.
Due to rapid urbanization and unhealthy lifestyles of a large number of the world’s population, chronic diseases previously uncommon in many regions of the world are on the rise. This large increase in medical problems, along with insufficient healthcare services available and the shortage of hospitals, has led to an exponential increase in the number of individuals traveling outside of their own countries for medical treatment.
For example, the increase in medical tourism from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to other countries has been extremely expensive for their member states. Saudi Arabia alone spent US$50 billion for medical tourism for its citizens in 2013.
The healthcare crisis in the United States is twofold: the increasing prevalence of diseases, and the unspoken crisis within its healthcare providers and payers system.
The top diseases currently found in the United States are Ischemic Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke, COPD, Type-II Diabetes, Obesity, Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related disease, and Cancer.
The second factor that contributes to the mounting healthcare crisis is the insufficient number of medical providers for the number of patients, and the lack of funding for healthcare costs. A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that by 2030, the USA will likely experience a shortage of 40,800 to 104,900 physicians.
As of May 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration had designated over 6,000 areas of the country as having a shortage of primary care providers. This creates an additional concern, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, as the projected number of Americans over the age of 65 will grow 55% by 2030.
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