Healthcare Organizations and Healthcare Facilities – Differences and Similarities
Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg
April 11, 2012
What are the differences and similarities of healthcare organizations and healthcare facilities?
Healthcare organizations consist of a group of human beings working towards something on health, such as health advocacies, health education, and medical services (promotive, restorative; diagnostic, treatment, and rehabilitative).
Healthcare facilities consist of a structure or building where medicine is being practiced (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/healthcare+facility) and medical services are being offered. Examples of healthcare facilities are hospitals, medical clinics, and medical laboratories.
Healthcare organizations (HCOs) may not have healthcare facilities (HCFs). Examples of HCOs without HCFs are those organizations whose missions are limited to health advocacies and education. These organizations just have offices for administrative and clerical tasks.
Healthcare facilities, such as the hospitals, clinics, and medical laboratories, are always managed by healthcare organizations. As such, all healthcare facilities can be tagged as health care organizations.
If one looks at the Philippines Department of Health’s licensing website, one sees the different kinds of healthcare facilities currently available in the Philippines.
- Ambulatory Surgical Clinic
- Blood Service Facility
- Clinical Laboratory
- Dental Laboratory
- Dialysis Clinic
- Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center
- Drug Testing Laboratory
- Health Maintenance Organization
- HIV Testing Laboratory
- Kidney Transplant Facility
- Laboratory for Drinking Water Analysis
- Medical Facility for Overseas Workers and Seafarers
- Newborn Screening Center
- Psychiatric Facility