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Redesigning healthcare systems to meet the health challenges associated with climate change in the twenty-first century

Kai-Lit Phua, PhD

Abstract


In the twenty-first century, climate change is emerging as a significant threat to the health and well-being of the public through links to the following: extreme weather events, sea level rise, temperature-related illnesses, air pollution patterns, water security, food security, vector-borne infectious diseases, and mental health effects (as a result of extreme weather events and climate change-induced population displacement). This article discusses how national healthcare systems can be redesigned through changes in its components such as human resources, facilities and technology, health information system, and health policy to meet these challenges.


Keywords


climate change, healthcare systems, impact, redesign

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2015.0239

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