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Is Africa behind when it comes to technological innovation in healthcare delivery?

Eric Topol in his book, The Patient Will See You Now, painted this picture about the future of healthcare delivery; “It may just mean that the best way to cut the ever-increasing costs of health care around the world will be to provide cheap smartphones with Internet service to those …

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Ghana: The politics of health and the people

According to Patrick Rothfuss “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” In this last week, I have been reviewing elections in Ghana since 1992 and how the conversations …

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Ghana: Fixing the health worker unemployment conundrum

I was in Accra for a few days and had the opportunity to have many conversations with health professionals of all sort. I specifically set myself to speak to as many allied health professionals as I could to get an understanding of what drives health professional unemployment. I wanted to …

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Ghana: Avoiding the politics of emergency medical care

Anytime I see political players discuss healthcare policy, I have the distinct feeling that they see Ghanaians as consumers of whatever healthcare they are provided with. I hold this view because often discussions around healthcare, be it by way of quality or deliverables, are held with the views of the …

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The state of emergency care in Ghana

Emergency care is an integral part of healthcare and in many instances it’s required when least expected. Unfortunately, when required, the time window between life and death may be so small that decisions ought to be made by competent people using reliable systems that have been tried and tested and …

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How much financial costs are Ghanaians bearing for apathy?

I have always wondered if as a society we are really interested in the quality and standard of healthcare we receive. A number of factors have created this uncertainty in my mind. Primary amongst them is the level of coverage healthcare gets on print, social and electronic media. Last week, the …

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Medicines in Ghana: Do Ghanaians get value for money?

I have often wondered how the average Ghanaian in a country where 63 per cent of the population is not covered by any form of health insurance pays for medicine. My concern has not simply been on the basis of ability to pay but has also been driven by the concept of …

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