In many western countries, there has been increased pressure to reform the public health system because of increased healthcare needs among citizens (Beaglehole 2004, p. 199). For instance, the US has recently undertaken several legislative changes to its healthcare policies to cater for the increased healthcare needs of the country. This process is ongoing. Europe is also not different. Many European governments are increasingly faced with the problem of meeting the healthcare needs of their citizens (Template Design 2011). There is therefore increased pressure on the public health systems of various European governments. The UK also suffers from this pressure. For example, recent studies show there is an increased pressure on the healthcare system coming from an ageing population (among other population groups) (Exter 2002).
This trend has been worsened by an increase in healthcare costs and increased patient expectations, with regards to healthcare service delivery. Based on this trend, the 21st century is indeed going to test the level of preparedness of various European governments with how they supplement the healthcare needs of their citizens (Beaglehole 2004, p. 199). Though several population groups have been identified to strain the UK healthcare system, single mothers have been neglected as a special population group which is bound to cause a severe strain on the country's healthcare infrastructure in the coming years (Jezebel 2011, p. 1).
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[...] The impact that single mothers have on the public health sector is a good example of a public health crisis that needs to be addressed before it occurs. However, it is crucial to note that, this study is crucial because it sheds light on a social and public health issue that has been overlooked by most policy makers. The research paper will therefore shed light on the extent of the impact that single mothers will have on the public health sector, and equally assess the probability of such an eventuality turning out to be a public health crisis. [...]
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[...] Semi-structured interviews will be used as the main research approach. However, the research will first be done by asking unstructured questions to gain background information about the research topic. It is estimated that, about 30 interviews will be done in 30 public health hospitals across the UK to gather information about the level of preparedness of public institutions (with regards to the healthcare needs of single mothers). These interviews will be qualitative interviews. The interviews will be recorded in tapes and used as documentation evidence for the study. [...]
[...] In reference to these studies, the impact of single mothers on the public health system has mainly been assessed along ethnic lines. For instance, it is noted that, the negative health effects of single motherhood is stronger in white and black women, when compared to Hispanic women (Melnick 2011, p. 1). It is explained that, this observation is evident because if Hispanic women have children out of wedlock, it normally occurs in relationships that almost resemble marriages (Melnick 2011, p. [...]
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