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Over the last century alone, healthcare has made incredible leaps. We’ve made progressions and advancements that humans a few hundred years ago would have deemed science fiction, yet here we are. Of course, the product of the modern age is that, the more medicines and healthcare procedures we have as a safety net, the harder we push ourselves as a race. The explosion of new treatments and medical “fixes” for all manner of ailments means that we often take less care of ourselves, given our demanding and hectic lifestyles, because there’s always a way to solve any problem.
Still, there is seemingly no end to the ways in which healthcare has altered and continues to alter the landscape of the modern world. If you’re unsure as to just what things have changed since the days before you were born, and you wanted any sort of proof that your health is precious and should not be taken for granted, then here are some of the wonderful privileges we have today in the world of health and medicine which might just make you think.
If you’d worked in a factory a couple of centuries ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find your human resources person. You’d have been hard pressed to find any sort of union or representative, in fact, who could have made sure that your health and safety concerns were addressed. If you were injured in a manual job such as that, then it was a bad day to be you.
We currently live in an era, thankfully, where people are treated like people. Our health and safety matters to organisations and public bodies, and authoritative figures (whether those are politicians or our bosses) can be held accountable for not adhering to regulations or protecting us from hazards either in the workplace or out on the streets. It’s now a vital part of business that employees are operating in a safety working environment, whereby hazards are addressed, all workers are trained to an optimal standard, and the tools you use on the job are designed to optimise efficiency and protective use. Whether you’re a manual labourer or a guy in an office cubicle, your right to basic health and safety seems undeniable, but society did not always operate in this way.
Whilst many in the world still have little access to healthcare or clean water, the tide is slowly but surely changing. Many people in many countries, who may not have had access to any form of healthcare in the past, are now thankfully offered a lifeline. With certain countries offering public healthcare, the poor are no longer being excluded from medical care, because healthcare is now viewed as a right, rather than a privilege for the wealthy.
There are even companies which are dedicated to flying out to the location of injured patients and taking them to safety, such as airevacinternational.com. Whilst there is still much progression to come in the future, if we are to live in a world whereby every last person can access healthcare, there have been steps in the right direction with the coming of this modern, technologically-advanced era.
Finally, life expectancy on average has massively increased. This is the product of everything I’ve discussed so far. People are living longer because medicine is better, technology has improved and the environment in which we live is cleaner; disease doesn’t run rampant any longer.