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Running Head: POPULATION HEALTHHEALTHCARE MANAGEMENTPopulation and Demographical Dynamics in Healthcare
POPULATION HEALTH1IntroductionDemographic changes are key factors in determining the provision for public utilities andthe associated costs. Changes and shifts in the population at specific time affect almost all sectorsof the life. There is a close association between demographic change and the social, economic,political as well as health care matters. The various changes have got very serious implications tothe public policy making and decision determination, governmental planning and budgeting,commercial activities and healthcare industry and delivery as well. This paper examinescritically, the effect of aspecific population and demographic changes, along with shifts in theburden of disease and how these shifts have affected the delivery of healthcare services in SaudiArabia.The Shifting Burden of DiseasesChronic Diseases, Mental Illness, and Lifestyle BehaviorsMost of the infectious and communicable diseases have been eliminated significantly by the year2010 among the baby boomers and the whole population in general. The main attribute of thedecline and eradication of these is wide use and applications of vaccines, antibiotics in treatmentas well as the use of biotechnological in health care industry. Between 1990 to the year 2010, thenumber of people who died from non-communicable diseases (Alkabba et al., 2012).Effect of these changesThe high cost of health care provision - this has been caused mainly by the growth in populationas well as the legislations on Medicare and Medicaid being trimmed as per the provision ofinsurance and medical services to both public and private sectors. Reduction in the scope ofbenefits and overall gain has led to increased demand and consumption for over-the-counter
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