NR 504 Approaches To Healthcare

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Adumanu, D. _Planning a visit_ NR 504. ACESS TO HEALTHCARE: Introduction: The healthcare system that has been practiced in the United States for the past one hundred years has been a patchwork of different incongruent policies. Though the envy of the world as regards to technological applications and innovative medical ideas, the American medical system has left so many especially the middle class as well as the poor in the cold for so long. The middle class has so many who find themselves in-between. They do not make enough money to buy insurance and make too much to qualify for Medicaid. For many decades, different administrations have tried and failed to make any significant changes to the healthcare system. The very rich and the policy…show more content…
The act itself does not solve all the problems of the healthcare system since it does not provide universal healthcare coverage like that of the United Kingdom and Canada but has promise for millions who prior to the implementation of the law had no chance of being insured (Bryant, 2010). At its roll out, the system was so dysfunctional that even the fiercest supporters of the law were looking for the exit door. The affordable care act created a divide that is still being debated till today. Some states are reluctant to implement the law and those who did are foot dragging to complete the roll out. The truth is that no single law can create a panacea for all the problems of the American healthcare system in such a short time (Hofler, 2011). The Affordable Care Act takes a stab at this complicated healthcare system and though it has so many shortcomings, creates a platform…show more content…
In 2007, 62.1% of all US bankruptcies were related to medical expenses and 78% of these bankruptcies were filed by people who had medical insurance (ProCon, 2014). This means that access to healthcare not only benefits the individual’s health and their personal finance; it also helps improve the financial health of the community and the country’s economy in general. These bankruptcies are eventually borne by the hospitals and which in turn spreads it into the entire healthcare system. The resultant effect is a further increase in the healthcare costs. When individuals file bankruptcies, their credits are affected; they are not able to buy big item appliances and purchases. They are placed in financial cocoon for a while depriving the local economy of their contribution. When they do buy, they are faced with high interest rates, which in turn can have a dual effect. Some individuals might feel so overwhelmed that they give up working and trying to make ends meet and resort to criminal activities, or depend on government handouts. The crime affects the local community in so many ways depending on the kind of criminal activity. Depending on government subsidies has an even longer effect since it creates a generation of dependers on the government. On the other spectrum are those who have to pick up extra jobs to create a decent

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