Relevance of Primary Health Care to an Efficient Healthcare System

Rubio Rica Rose May, A.

Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City, Philippines

Dr. Rubio Rica Rose May, A., Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City, Philippines.

Keywords: Primary Health Care; COVID-19; Country Health Care


The impact of primary health care (PHC) which was established more than four decades ago is limited. In today’s world, where globalization and advanced technology are essential factors contributing to a shift in major health issues - from communicable diseases to chronic diseases - this is especially true. Regardless of whether the circumstance poses significant problems and expectations, the PHC’s aim of universal health must be seriously reconsidered. In PHC principles and concepts of equity, universal access, community participation, and intersectoral techniques are long-term or possibly eternal tendencies. Regardless of the trend, each country must choose to align its healthcare system with PHC values and principles. PHC implementation should be accompanied by further research to better understand how and to what extent it can be strengthened given the country’s current socio-economic, cultural, and environmental conditions, as well as how these factors affect the costs and efficiency of health care provision. With the advent of COVID-19 pandemic, the relevance of PHC values and principles in guiding each country’s healthcare system is now greater than ever and cannot be overstated.

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