Hospitals
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Hospitals of 5th millennium fulfil more or less the same role they always have. Regardless of where in the galaxy the hospital is, its primary function will be the treatment and rehabilitation of the ill and infirm. Although biomedical sciences have made great strides in eliminating disease throughout civilised space, the need for hospitals is still great. As well as the obvious need to treat more mechanical injuries, there are still a number of virulent pathogens amongst even civilised populations.

Hospital Structures

Throughout the Terran Sphere, hospitals can often (but not always) be recognised by the presence of one of two symbols, either a red cross or the caduceus. Outside the Terran Sphere, this uniformity does not exist and medical symbols will vary by sphere, or even by planet. In extremely cohabited regions, hospitals and clinics will often display a wide array of these symbols.

The physical structure of hospitals themselves is also subject to great variation. For example, in the vast cities of the Taurus sector, hospital complexes are enormous glass and metal structures designed to house tens of thousands of patients in perfectly sterile and carefully monitored conditions, often with some degree of automation. However in less prolific regions of the galaxy, hospitals may be far from this kind of standard, housing only a few hundred patients and only a small deposit of medical supplies.

Staff

While medical doctors are an ubiquitous presence at practically any hospital in the galaxy, the hospitals of many species may not feature several members of auxiliary staff like janitors and orderlies, replacing them instead with some form of automation. In some of the larger hospitals in the galaxy, nurses, surgeons and lab techs may also be replaced with synthetic counterparts, although there are often plenty of organics still in the staff for the comfort of the patients.

As with the quality of the hospital itself, the quality of staff varies from region to region. In the super-hospitals of the major galactic population centres, doctors will often have degrees from some of the galaxy's most respected universities and academic institutions. Whereas on backwater planets or out on the frontier, doctors may simply be ex field medics.

Treatment and Patient Care

In the 46th century galaxy, medical care no longer applies to simply one species. Treatments now have to be developed for a number of vastly different potential patients. Given the understandably huge array of anatomies this presents, doctors typically specialise in the treatment of one or possibly two species, their own species usually being the first.

Expenses and Payment

The cost of medical care is subject to variability across the galaxy, many more capitalistic nations like the Taurus Corporation or the Etresi Imperium utilize a private healthcare system where the cost of treatment is typically covered either by patient, or more likely by some form of insurance. However, in nations with strong socialist leanings like the Confederation of Outlying Systems, the cost of healthcare is covered by the taxpayer.