Healthcare organizations principal purpose and function is to ensure that their services – primarily geared towards caring for their patient’s health – are really being rendered to their patients accordingly and responsibly (Scott, Ruef, Mendel, & Caronna, 2000).
It offers different types of services which include medical and behavioral health care services. It also includes public and community health care programs.
For the question, Should healthcare organizations develop disease prevention strategies? Morally speaking, they have duty to develop disease prevention mechanisms. Why? It is chiefly because all health programs should care for the health of their patients. Every individual is considered to be their patient hence they should consider establishing and forming a program which is designed for the maintenance of good health for all the people.
Ethically speaking, it is their duty to cure diseases and sicknesses as well as prevent people from acquiring or having them. As health-advocates, they are suppose to have advance and sufficient knowledge in dealing with health-related issues and circumstances since their field of work or business asks for it. They should instill in their minds that their duty is to care and attend to everyone’s health (Tong, 2006).
The book entitled, The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization, states that in order to ensure that a healthcare organization is really doing its task of safeguarding the health of its patients (and not really attracting them to be its client), a health organization should improve the quality of its services (2006).
Moreover, it should also maintain a well-facilitated plant in which the patients are being accommodated. The book also discusses that prevention of spread of diseases should also be a goal of a healthcare organization (Griffith & White, 2006).
Health organizations should realize that although the nature of their establishment is business – that is to acquire profits, they should also know the fact that their business is on the provision of good health care services such that everything that has something to do with health should be their goal.
Griffith, J. R., & White, K. R. (2006). The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization (6th ed.). Health Administration Press.
Scott, W. R., Ruef, M., Mendel, P. J., & Caronna, C. A. (2000). Institutional Change and Healthcare Organizations : From Professional Dominance to Managed Care . University Of Chicago Press .
Tong, R. (2006). New Perspectives in Healthcare Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Crosscultural Approach (First ed.). Prentice Hall.