Healthcare is one of today’s most dynamic and growing fields, with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. Medical Administrators have been at the helm of the Health Care Delivery System in Sri Lanka since the inception of the Department of Health Services in 1856. Due to the untiring efforts of the Medical Administrators for well over a century, Sri Lanka has achieved an enviable health status. The present health indices provide ample testimony to this fact. Furthermore, our health care delivery system serves as a model to other developing countries.
The establishment of the Civil Medical Department of Sri Lanka in 1856, led to the development of a network of health care facilities. Establishment of Provincial councils following the 13th amendment to the constitution in 1987 was a major reform as it led to the devolution of the provisions of healthcare to the Provincial Council.