Barriers to change in health care organizations abound, and they are some of the reasons why the United States remains poor in ranking compared to other countries when it comes to basic health indicators (Politzer, Schempf, Starfield & Shi, 2003). Clearly, it is important to learn how such barriers to change could be removed to ensure the success of a health care organization.
The first step to removing such barriers is by acknowledging that such barriers exist. Without such realization, then there would be no driving force for change. For example, in the persistent health care problem of inadequate access to care, it is generally accepted that it is only a factor affecting health inequalities. However, there are sufficient facts to show that it also contributes to disparities in minority health, through its part in delaying diagnosis and treatment of diseases (Politzer, Schempf, Starfield & Shi, 2003).
Thus, it is apparent that mindless dismissal of inadequate access to care as a mere factor to health inequalities and the resulting failure to consider it as a direct cause of disparities in health serves as a barrier to change. A proper appreciation of the importance of providing adequate access to care is a big step towards removing such barrier.
Current policies can also be changed for the better by creating new policies that serve as answers to the failures of the current ones. For example, another problem besetting the health care industry is the lack of adequate sources of health care, especially for vulnerable populations. Where current policies fail to tap valuable sources of health care, new policies shall be formulated to take advantage of these new sources of health care. For instance, policies that strengthen the capacity of health centers to provide health care services are good additions or replacements to current policies that fail to tap this valuable resource (Politzer, Schempf, Starfield & Shi, 2003).
Politzer, R. M., Schempf, A. H., Starfield, B. & Shi, L. (2003). The Future Role of Health Centers in Improving National Health. Journal of Public Health Policy 24(3/4), 296-306.