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SOURCES OF

HEALTH
INFORMATION
AND
PRODUCTS
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SOURCES OF HEALTH
INFORMATION AND PRODUCTS

RELIABLE UNRELIABLE
-Sources of health -Sources of information
information and and products who are
products are licensed not licensed in this field
professionals who took
up specialized and
intensive studies in the
field.
HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
I. HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Individual who Individuals who are
licensed to practice medicine and other
allied health programs. An example of a
health professional is a physician. A
physician records the medical history of
individuals, provides diagnoses, performs
medical examinations, and prescribes
medications. There are different types of
physicians based on their
area of specialization.
Healthcare Practitioner and
Allied Health Professional
“A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER is an independent
healthcare provider who is licensed to practice on a
specific area of the body” (Meeks, et al., 2011). Some
examples of healthcare practitioners are podiatrists (who
specialize in the problems of the feet), dentists, and
optometrists.

“An ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL is a trained healthcare


provider who practices under the supervision of a
physician or healthcare practitioner” (Meeks, et al., 2011).
Nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and physical therapists are
examples of allied health professionals.
II. HEALTH FACILITIES
Healthcare facilities are
places or institutions that offer
healthcare services. There are
different types of healthcare
facilities (Meeks, et al., 2011).
A. HOSPITAL
It is an institution where people
undergo medical diagnosis, care and
treatment. A hospital offers different
types of medical care like inpatient
and outpatient care.
KINDS OF HOSPITALS:
 private, voluntary, government, and
teaching (Meeks, et al., 2011).
 A PRIVATE hospital is operated by individuals
to gain profit.
 A VOLUNTARY HOSPITAL does not require
profit because it is owned by a community or
an organization.
 A GOVERNMENT OR PUBLIC HOSPITAL is
being run by the state and the treatment fees
are subsidized. A teaching hospital includes
a school for medical students.
TWO CLASSIFICATIONS OF
HOSPITALS:
 GENERAL HOSPITALS have complete medical,
surgical, and maternal care facilities. Some
examples are the Philippine General
Hospital, Baguio General Hospital, Cebu
General Hospital, and Davao Medical
Center.
 SPECIALTY HOSPITALS handle a particular
disease or condition or deal with only one
type of patient. Some examples are the
Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the
Philippines, and National Kidney Transplant
Institute.
WALK-IN SURGERY CENTER
Walk-In Surgery Center It is a
facility that offers surgery
without the patient being
admitted in the hospital.
HEALTH CENTER
Health Center The services in
a health center cater to a
specific population with
various health needs.
EXTENDED HEALTHCARE
Extended Healthcare Facility
A facility that provides
treatment, nursing care, and
residential services to patients,
often the elderly..
HEALTHY PLACES
1. Complete the table by writing the correct
answers on each box.
2. Find a partner and discuss the description of
each health facility.
III. HEALTH INSURANCE
`“Health insurance is a financial
agreement between an insurance
company and an individual or group
for the payment of healthcare costs”
(Payne, et al., 2005). This also may
pertain to a “protection that provides
benefits for sickness and injury”
(Meeks, et al., 2011).