Secondary Healthcare Program - Physicians across continents

PAC Program Department
  • May 6, 2024
Secondary Healthcare Program

The secondary healthcare program refers to services that are more specialized and provided by healthcare professionals who require more advanced training and expertise than those involved in primary healthcare. While primary healthcare focuses on preventive and basic medical services at the community level, secondary healthcare involves more specialized medical care, diagnostic procedures, and treatments that are often delivered in hospitals or specialized clinics.


PAC Secondary Healthcare (SHC) program’s objective is to provide specialized medical services and interventions that address the more complex healthcare needs of patients who require advanced medical care beyond what is offered at the primary level.

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Key components of a secondary healthcare program include:

1. Specialized Medical Services: this program offers specialized medical services, such as surgery, cardiology, gynecology, and orthopedics, among others. These services address specific health conditions and require advanced medical equipment and expertise.
2. Diagnostic Procedures: Secondary healthcare facilities provide a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including imaging studies (such as X-rays and CT scans), laboratory tests, and specialized diagnostic tests to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions.
3. Inpatient Care: this program includes inpatient care services for patients who require hospitalization for medical or surgical treatment. This involves admission to specialized hospital wards or intensive care units (ICUs) depending on the severity of the condition.
4. Surgical Interventions: Specialized healthcare program includes surgical interventions for various medical conditions. This ranges from minimally invasive procedures to complex surgeries performed by specialized surgical teams.
5. Emergency Medical Services: PAC supported secondary healthcare facilities have emergency departments equipped to handle medical emergencies, trauma cases, and acute illnesses requiring immediate medical attention. These departments provide 24/7 access to emergency care and include specialized trauma centers.
6. Rehabilitation Services: Secondary healthcare program offers rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, to help patients recover from injuries, surgeries, or medical conditions and improve their functional abilities.
7. Chronic Disease Management: Secondary healthcare facilities play a vital role in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic respiratory conditions through specialized clinics, disease management programs, and multidisciplinary care teams.


Overall, secondary healthcare program complements primary healthcare by providing specialized medical services, advanced diagnostic capabilities, and inpatient care for patients with complex health needs.

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Together, primary and secondary healthcare form essential components of a comprehensive healthcare system, ensuring that individuals and communities receive accessible, timely, and high-quality healthcare across the continuum of care.

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