1800s Health Care Case Study

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1. (TCO 1) Compare healthcare in the United States today with healthcare in the 1800s. What are the most important differences? Healthcare in the United States during the 1800s was extremely bad and if your home remedies did not work then you had to go to a solo-practicing physician who may or may know what they were doing. There was also a very high mortality rate due to unsanitary conditions and there was also wide spread of disease due to unhealthy living and working conditions. There were not many scientific solutions available to address medical issues. The healthcare in the United States as of today has advances in technology that has started to take off extremely fast aiding with better ways to diagnosis patients for better treatment.…show more content…
HMOs include insurance companies, physicians and hospitals working together to provide economical medical care. As the name implies, this health care option is intended to encourage people to seek care early to prevent the need for more intensive care later. HMOs give members access to health care professionals while limiting out-of-pocket costs that are usually associated with medical attention. By reducing these costs, HMOs look to encourage preventive health care to avoid future emergency medical needs. Members of an HMO plan select a primary care physician, or a PCP. The PCP is the first contact for all medical attention, including basic care and illnesses. The ease and comfort of visiting the same physician for all medical needs encourages the use of early, preventive medical care. An HMO member must receive the primary care physician's referral before seeing a specialist within the HMO network of providers. The HMO's network of primary doctors, specialists and hospitals depends on the specific plan and can vary quite a bit. A drawback of HMO plans is that medical expenses incurred outside the network of providers will not be covered by the HMO…show more content…
medical care over the next several decades is the use of virtual teams. With the availability of the Internet and other innovative communication technologies, virtual teams are gaining popularity for some activities in healthcare organizations. Most patient care cannot be addressed effectively through virtual or remote teams, however. Some positive results from virtual teams are related to the use of telemedicine, which promotes healthcare interventions over geographic distances. For some staff in nonclinical areas of healthcare organizations, who have flexible work schedules and can telecommute, such communication technologies allow for less face-to-face team activities and more remote team activities. This can work both for and against team unity, and the manager must guard against problems in employee relationships and team effectiveness that may result from the use of remote and virtual teams. (Buchbinder

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