Why Is International Healthcare Uniquely Challenging?

June 20th, 2014 by INMED

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Why is international healthcare so uniquely challenging? The truth is that any healthcare that involves crossing cultures and few resources – regardless of location – may be uniquely challenging. What other challenges are involved? Please choose from any of the following:

 

1. Diseases are largely preventable
2. Professional peers are often unsupportive
3. Diseases are frequently unfamiliar
4. Remaining current in one’s field may be difficult
5. Schooling for one’s children may be suboptimal

 

You could likely add other potential challenges. All in all, answer number three is not correct. Please see the graph. Of the leading causes of death in the world’s low income nations most all are familiar to health care professionals. For those new to international healthcare or to certain diseases, a period of supervised service learning – such as those offered by INMED – is particularly valuable.

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