- April 17, 2020
Quality Healthcare in the US
QualityHealthcare in the US
Thepolitical, social and economic development of the country depends onthe citizens to contribute towards a universal goal. To achieve thisdevelopment, the people in that particular country need to be in goodhealth so as to become productive. The health of the Americans needsto be prioritized to realize the American Dream (Gary). For manyyears, the public sector has realized the need for the provision ofhealthcare services to achieve economic gains. Indeed, the importanceof health is paramount for the success of the country. The privatesector has focused on economic gains in their provision of health.Instead, they have ignored the importance of health to the citizens.The government should be entrusted with the delivery of healthcare toguarantee access to universal healthcare that is fit for thecitizens. Provision of quality health care is paramount to the livesof the people of America.
Theprivate sector is driven by the motive of generating profits. Theprivate firms add up marks ups to their medical costs to realize themargins that are favorable to them in the economy. The result becomeshigher prices for the services offered. The government’s motive isnot to gain from payments made by the patients but to providelong-term economic, political and social benefits. It is apparentthat the private sector in the United States cannot be entrusted tothe provision of quality health since their value is money. They arealways tempted to maximize profits that in turn become a disadvantageto the patients in the United States (Isham). The government of theUnited States has a responsibility of ensuring that the populationhas quality healthcare services that are affordable.
Qualityhealthcare is a basic fundamental need for the people of the UnitedStates. The Constitution of the United States allows all the citizensto enjoy a decent life where they can access basic needs such ashealth and not a preserve of the wealthy. The ideal does not apply tothe private industry. A health facility might have the requiredequipment, technology, and personnel to treat the patients but theymight be forced to withhold their resources if the patient cannotafford. Moreover, this becomes a breach of the Constitution of theUnited States that guarantees the citizens to access the core need ofquality healthcare. The government of the United States is committedto ensuring that residents are happy and healthy. If they are notguaranteed good health or else they might end up dying. By notproviding quality health, this denies the citizens the right to lifestipulated by the Constitution. Indeed, all the Americans have aright to access quality healthcare. These quality services cannot beprovided by the private sector since their primary focus ismaximizing profits. In an effort of generating more profits, playersin the industry purchase cheap supplies and understaffing (Bozic268). This reduces the chances of the patients to access qualityhealth services and thus jeopardizing the health of the citizens. Onthe other hand, insurance companies have been central players in themedical sector. They reap billions of money made by the Americanpopulation in the guise of offering health insurance. Ultimately, thegovernment has the responsibility to offer health care services thatare quality and desirable by all.
Thehealth care segment in the United States faces significant problemsthat indicate that the quality of healthcare need to be checked andreforms be made to improve the industry. Approximately 40 million ofthe American citizens are not insured and for those who are insuredface increases in out-of-pocket and premium costs (McClellan).Recently the Obama administration and the Congress have focused onways that will ensure that Americans access efficient and qualityhealthcare. They are committed to addressing shortfalls that to leadto higher costs in the name of accessing health services, but theoutcomes are poor. It is beyond no doubt that Americans receive thehealth care they do not need despite the government spending millionsof money per individual for the medical care more than any othercountry in the world. For instance, preventive healthcare has beenunderutilized thus leading to higher spending on advanced and complexdiseases. Patients with chronic diseases such heart disease diabetesand hypertension do not receive efficiently and proven medicationsuch as self-management and drug therapies to help them manage theirconditions (Mark 855). These apply to all Americans whether insuredor uninsured. The tribulations are exacerbated by the lack ofcoordination of health care for individuals with chronic diseases.The underlying situation is not surprising since the medicalproviders’ lack the payment tools that they are expected tocommunicate to improve the health condition of the patients.
Many of the patients in the United States receive medical attentionthat is unnecessary. Studies have indicated that there are variationsin hospital inpatient visits, lengthy stays, testing and above allcosts. The differences do not create any impact on the lives of thepatients being treated. The health care facilities lack evidence onthe procedures and treatments that are effective. Moreover, there islimited evidence in the way of informing providers about theefficiency of various therapies (Gary). There is a difficulty indetecting and reducing the gap in the effectiveness and quality ofhealthcare in the United States. The issues prevalent in the medicalsector are relevant to low-income Americans. The same applies topeople from demographic groups and diverse groups who encounterdisparities in the health care sector.
Thegovernment of the United States is committed reforming the healthcaredelivery services to improve the value and quality of attention thatis paramount to addressing poor quality, escalating costs andincreasing the number of American citizens who lack health insurancepolicy (Isham). The health care system is expected help residentsaccess health at the right place and time. The reforms should helpcitizen prevent avoidable and common complications of sickness to thegreatest extent. The government should think how people are kepthealthy and at the same time avoid complications that are avoidable.The government should be focused on improving access to qualityhealth care in the American society. The current health systemencourages tests, treatments and procedures that are that unnecessaryto the citizens of the United States of America (Bozic 271). Based onthe evidence provided by the delivery system and the range of paymentthere is a need to improve the value and quality of health care inthe United States.
TheUS government has resorted to programs such as Primary CareCoordination, Health Information Technology, and Chronic DiseaseManagement as a way of ensuring quality health in the United States.These programs are intended to improve the quality of healthcareservices in the United States of America. Moreover, the inventionsare designed to lower the cost of medication that is provided bypublic hospitals. On the other hand, the government of the UnitedStates has instituted Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) toprogress the quality of healthcare in the long term. The conceivedapproach of CER is intended to support the improvements in thedelivery of health care services and reducing the reducing thedisparities in the health sector based on geography, race and otherfactors (McClellan).
Targetingtreatments has increasingly become appropriate to the patients in thefield of medical science and more importantly in the promotion ofvalue and quality of health care services. It is projected that theutilization of predictors such as complexity of conditions and highusage are likely to improve the returns that are expected from adelivery system of investment. Certain groups such as low-income,minority populations, and chronic disease are vulnerable to benefitfrom particular interventions in the health care sector. Forinstance, Chronic Management Programs are likely to cause substantialeffects on public health services (Gary). The area of health iscommitted to developing analytical and useful capabilities that areintended to delivering system interventions that will be imperativefor future reforms in the field of health.
Toa greater extent, quality health care services are critical to thelives of the United States citizens. They are required to accessquality health services since it is their Constitutional right. Overthe years, the private health sector has been committed to generatinghigh profits while compromising the health of the Americanpopulation. The American Constitution guarantees the Americancitizens quality. Moreover, America allocates medical premium that ishigher than any country in the world. It is essential to reform thehealth care delivery and payment to achieve quality health care forthe American population. Therefore, quality health care is criticalto the lives of the American citizens.
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