There is an rising demand in Australia for health workers. This shortage is caused by a number of factors relating to supply versus demand (Duckett, 2005). The population is ageing, a combination of lifestyle and environmental factors are increasing the burden of disease and causing a greater strain on the health workforce. The types of diseases associated with these factors are contributing to a requirement for particular skill mixes within the workforce. Due to an international shortage of health care professionals, Australia is competing worldwide to increase its own workforce.
The industry is faced with ﬁnancial pressures from consumers, insurers, and governments. Inﬂation in the industry is much higher than it is within the overall economy. Employers can no longer bear the burden of rising group health insurance costs for its employees. Too many large companies have used bankruptcy law as a shield to reduce or shift some of their legal obligations to provide health insurance coverage to present or retired employees. Stakeholders of health care providers are demanding greater control over costs.
Rising Health Care and Poverty Rising Health Care and Poverty in the U.S.A Introduction Rising health care costs and poverty have been on the rise since the early, 1990’s. Medical costs have more than doubled over the last decade, and health insurance premiums have risen nearly five times faster than wages. Americans are spending far more on health care than residents of any other industrialized county while receiving lower quality care overall. Clemmitt, Marcia (2006, April 7) Rising health cost (vol.16, Issue 13). The census data for 2006 shows that 36.5 million Americans or about one in eight lived below the federal poverty like of $20,614 in income for a family of four.
But understanding technology has been a real problem due to the fact that technology is always changing and evolving. This leads to more funds being put into training the staff and physicians to learn how to operate these machines effectively. It also doesn’t help that as the technology evolves, it becomes more expensive. Todd C. Linden, MHA, FACHE, President & CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center stated that CT scanners which made thicker slices of section of the diagnostic area of the body have been upgraded to produce thinner slices of sections. The prices of these technology advances have increased from a couple of hundred thousands of dollars to multi-million dollar pieces of equipments.
There have been several reasons that have been attributed to the rising cost health care. One of the reasons that are attributed to the high cost is the inefficiency in the department of health, which is riddled with excessive administration cost, frauds as well as waste. Whenever efficiency occurs in any field of expertise, there is always presence of people pulling strings for things to work on their advantage. The inefficiency lead to staff unjustly increasing the administrative cost and big rewards are paid for minor chaos done, this directly open doors for fraudulent individuals who are always ready to pounce an any opportunity. Secondly, there is the low Medicare as well as low Medicare reimbursement rates, the low Medicare and reimbursement rates have in one way or another contributed to hiking level of health care in the United States.
On an international foundation, the development of health care policy is aggressively being influenced by cost considerations. Managed Care is a system that incorporates the financing and delivery of appropriate health care using a wide-ranging set of services. Managed Care for a variety of payers was once seen as an effective approach to backing up health care quality while keeping under proper control costs. The power of nations and communities to pay for this care from available resources is a major of debate. During the past decade, the attractiveness of this access to many employers has faded and prospects for limiting health care costs have been baffled.
The price is a driving force for most consumers. The macroeconomics of health care can be summed up in a statement made by doctor named Brian Pereir, from Boston’s Tufts-New England Medical Center, “At what point does health care consume so much of our gross national product that it starts to rob us of other much needed services?” So much money and services are going into health care that is impedes on all other aspects of
The cost to providers from medical malpractice is higher medical malpractice insurance. The monetary damage from lawsuits and additional cost due to negligence and wrongful death by a medical provider's errors are making the healthcare system struggle economically. The cost of the healthcare continues to rise each year and medical errors do not help towards decreasing the cost of medicine. Therefore, governmental agencies are enforcing
However, because thousands of new drugs have been developed recently, because the health care environment is increasingly complex, and because the patients are older and often sicker, there is increasing risk for medication errors in hospitals. They occur most frequently at the prescribing and administration stages. Medication errors occur in all health care systems; and often result in serious patient harm or deaths are the focus because this is an issue for most hospitals. Serious errors harm patients and expose health professionals to civil liability and sometimes-criminal prosecution (NHS Jan 2004, p.9). The statistics of medication error consistently increases in health care sector.
(2) Overcrowding in ED treatment areas threatens public health by compromising patient safety and jeopardising the reliability of the entire US emergency care system. (3) Although the causes of ED overcrowding are complex, the main cause is inadequate inpatient capacity for a patient population with an increasing severity of illness. (4) Potential solutions for ED overcrowding will require multidisciplinary system-wide support. Solution - Boarding Patients – isits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) have increased greatly in recent years, contributing to crowded conditions and ambulance diversions.1 Contrary to the popular belief that uninsured people are