The Healthcare Social Dilemma

University Medical Center, Boston
University Medical Center, Boston, USA

Case- Medical Cancer Centre, unknown

Childrens Hospital, Atlanta
Children Hospital, Atlanta, USA

Radium Hospital research departmen, Norway
Radium Hospital Research Department, Norway


Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cencer Centre

The simplicity of the word health holds in its essence the complexity of our lives capsulated and protected, with all its individual meanings. We wish our self of being healthy, we do the same for others, and we write it on cards, balloons, and say prayers of it. Health as a value has long ago passed through the personal boundaries of physical and mental well being; it has acquired a new social and community values. Major part of such are combined and stated in policies, dedicated to describe and regulate the healthcare professional sector. The EU Article 152 of the EC Treaty states that a“high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all community policies and activities”2, simultaneously ensuring the excellence in general level of healthcare provided to the expending earth population. Countries around the globe invest enormous capital in social and communal policies to promote the health state of their citizens. When all the efforts fail and humans become unhealthy the responsibility of bringing one to its well being state is assigned to the hospitals and healing centers as they are viewed by society as primary specialized care providing units.(Wagenaar Cor, 2006)

Here is where the dilemma of our compound society emerges. Common understanding for Universal Hospital design is: one which is build upon the principle of patient’s multiplicity and diversity acceptance. Such will strive to provide equal rights of treatment and health advises for all seeking a professional help. Its definite perception of architectural aesthetics is always colored by the specifics of local characteristics, traditions, believes and enriched with unambiguous social values. Unfortunately it is often that political debates, financial dependency, and the need to achieve maximum technical-economical performance are factors which rule the architectural execution of healthcare buildings. Principle repeatedly implemented in the past is form follows function, and quite often the function is weaved in the complexity of institutionalized systems’ web. In such practices, elements needed to support the person healing process, and necessary employee work conditions by default are left with less consideration that probably should have had.(Wagenaar Cor, 2006; Kjisik Hennu, 2009)


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