Today, the demand for qualified health managers is growing due to the increased competition in healthcare sector both in national and international arena.
The underlying reasons for this can be; the technological and medical developments in the sector, rapidly increasing number of healthcare institutions, the rising privilege given to the needs of patients and all other stakeholders, the new strategic reforms in the fields of social security and finally the growing tendency towards the health tourism. For these reasons, “health management” will become a very important profession of near future in Turkey, which has already gained a reasonable significance in global healthcare services.
In order to sustain in the competitive environment, healthcare institutions need to apply the new techniques of the contemporary management to their organizations. There is no doubt that providing adequate healthcare to all stakeholders is the major responsibility of physicians. However, it is obvious that, “the best interest of patients and all stakeholders” cannot be prosecuting without a qualified health administration. This situation increases the need of professional health managers within health institutions whose numbers are ascending every day.
Health managers need distinctive competencies in order to ensure the qualified management for their institutions. Thus besides the knowledge of contemporary management processes and techniques, a health institution manager must also dominate and recognize the essentials of healthcare sector. Therefore, both in Turkey and in our region, the healthcare institutions that are growing in number have some difficulties in recruiting qualified health institutions managers.