Healthcare Issues and Solutions Essay

608 WordsJul 23, 20123 Pages
: Major Health Care Issues and resolutions As you are aware there are many issues facing healthcare. However, of these issues I believe that there are three major ones that require immediate attention. Though the United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, there is a considerable lack of quality. Healthcare is the country’s largest economic sector, accounting for over $2 trillion in annual expenditures. Yet, millions cannot afford to take care of their health needs, increasing the total of children that are uninsured. Thus, there are approximately more than 8 million uninsured children in America. Additionally, Twenty-eight percent of Americans between the ages of 26 and 34 had no health insurance in 2010, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (huffingstonpost.com) The third issue is that our current healthcare system is not proactive enough in educating Americans about healthful food, diet and exercise. The Issue: Despite the amount we spend on our system, there are serious issues regarding the quality of the care citizens receive for their money. “Reliable studies indicate that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors. Other well-regarded studies show that fewer than half of people with mental health or substance abuse problems, asthma, or diabetes receive care known to be effective.”(Jonas & Kovner, 2009, Pg. 7) There are too many instances where the wrong medication is given, providers do not have enough information, or the prescriptions are unreadable due to doctor’s handwriting. Furthermore, the cumbersome billing system, and bureaucracy causes patients to become lost in the system, constricting the flow of information between providers, causing the patients to be bereft of the proper care needed to get well. Approximately one-third (31%) of all healthcare dollars are spent on administrative

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