Health Care Centermedical centre
It was the fundamental municipal health care centre (centro de saúde de Portugal ) of the National Health Service of Portugal and acted as regional health care director. Normally, each health centre covers the territory of one of the Portugese communes, but communes with more than 15 000 inhabitants can be served by more than one of these centres.
The health centres were made up of general practioners, health doctors, nursing staff, welfare officers and administrators. More than 300 health centres were combined in 2008 to form around 70 health centre groups (agrupamentos de centros de saúde ) or ACSEs. Every single Acces comprises several families and personalised health care centres, which today represent the core of the Portuguese National Health Service.
In addition to providing health care for families, there are also areas such as general health, communal health and other specialised entities, as well as essential health emergencies. Several of the coronary arteries were combined with clinical hospitals to form experiential health care facilities (unidades locais de saúde) or ULS. ULS are designed to improve co-ordination between primary and tertiary health care by providing both health care from the same health care entity.
The Lord Dawson of Penn was asked by Lord Addison to prepare a paper on "the systems necessary for the systematic delivery of those types of health and related service that ... should be available to the residents of a particular area". It set out in detail blueprints for a net of primary and secondary health care centers and detail architecture drawing of various types of centers.
Until 1939, the concept of health center was commonly used to designate new premises where health officials are located. The Dawson account was very powerful in the National Health Service debate when it was established in 1948, but few centers were constructed because "it was not practical for locals to build health centers without the full agreement of general practitioners" - which was not in sight.
Hospitals have received far more care and resource than hospitals have received for the provision of basic care. Between 1948 and 1974 the municipalities were in charge of the construction of health centers. Those hospitals had some characteristics in common with previous health centre suggestions, but share the substantial opposition of general practitioners. Municipal health centers are non-profit, consumer-oriented health organizations that provide universal health care, providing accessible, cost-effective, and complete health care, both primarily and collectively, through health, dentistry, and psychological prevention.
Municipal health centres have the singular task of providing accessibility for poorly cared for, poorly insured and non-insured people. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines areas or peoples that are classified as areas or peoples with: too few first responders, high rates of child death, high levels of destitution and/or a high proportion of the older generation. HPSAs are defined by Human Resources as a lack of suppliers of basic health care, dentistry, or psychological health, and may be geographical (county or coverage area), demographic (low-income population), or organizational (comprehensive health center, nationally qualifying health center, or other governmental institution).