Everyone else may have to wait quite a while before being seen. In fact, the average wait for emergency treatment nationwide is about two hours. Demand for ED visits is on the rise and EDs are becoming overcrowded largely due to reduced inpatient capacity and impaired patient flow. The Institute of Medicine reports that American ED visits grew more than twice as fast as population between 1993 and 2003, and that 60% of hospitals operated at or over capacity in 2001. Several factors likely contribute to the rise in ED use, such as the increase in elderly and chronically ill Americans, overworked or lack of primary care
THE EFFECT OF NURSING SHORTAGE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM By the year 2014, America will be undergoing through one of its historical moments, the provision of health coverage to the nation’s 46 million uninsured people. The aim of the health care reform is to improve access to quality care for all Americans. This implies more Americans will require Healthcare services.” Nurses are the largest group of U.S professionals and constitute a major part of the infrastructure necessary to any health care reform agenda “(1). Unfortunately there is shortage of Nurses to meet the demands of the health care reform. HRSA projects that, absent aggressive intervention, in the year 2020 the shortage will grow to more than 1 million RNs-representing a shortage of 36% (2).
Health care has become extremely unaffordable for both businesses and individuals. The number of uninsured U.S. residents has grown to over 45 million people. If we had universal health care doctors wouldn’t have to worry about medical costs, only helping the patient. Another plus with universal health care is that Patients with pre-existing conditions can still get health coverage. Countries that have a universal health care system in place have a longer lifespan.
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.
Health care delivery is the relationship between patients and providers (Shi & Singh, 2012). These third-party payers include private insurance companies; manage care organizations (MCOs), government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Third-party payers provide medical coverage from individual from high to low income families and individuals. However, today many Americans are uninsured. According to Shi & Singh (2012), reports showed that 1 in 3 or 87.6 million Americans were uninsured between 2008 and 2009 under the age of 65.
At times of hardship when US healthcare costs seem to be skyrocketing with no visible prospects of lowering and the entire healthcare system appears to be in shambles, there comes great hope when we hear about cities in the United States in which physicians and other healthcare professionals do their best to improve the access and reduce costs of medical care, and succeed in doing so. One may think that the United States has one united healthcare system, but in reality, it has many different ones that vary greatly from city to city. Some U.S. counties spend an average of $17,000 on a senior, while some provide the same care and treatment to a senior for an average of $6,000 (Reid). T.R. Reid’s documentary “U.S.
It is the only industrialize nation that does not provide health coverage to all of its citizens. There is widespread opposition to providing universal health care because of the substantial cost that will be added to the country’s budget that is already heavily burdened. Indeed, while this is a valid and understandable concern, every citizen in the United States has the right to quality health care coverage. The cost of health care has been on a steady rise for the past several years. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the average cost of family insurance coverage in the United States was $13,000.00 per year in 2009.
Issues of Healthcare in the United States HCM-520 Health Care Organization April 7, 2013 Abstract America is the largest and most diverse Society in the world. This is reflected in their health care resist. It spends almost two trillion dollars for our health and is still in the few nations whose citizens have health issues. It seems ironic that the nation the highest per capita expenditure on health technologically and advanced health care system the world is not the healthiest. Americans are thicker and less stressed active than people in other countries.
Now you are left with a financial burden of a major illness and we all know that it can be very devastating. I believe that health care should not only be offered but it should be made affordable for everyone. The U.S should immediately adopt the universal healthcare because it will benefit us all and make life easier for everyone. As of today health care has become a controversial topic. After decades of failed attempts by democratic presidents; president Obama finally signed the health care reform in March 2010.
In 2000, 35 million of the United States population was over 65 years of age, and by 2030 the figure is expected to reach 71.5 million older Americans. “Demographically, the coming generation of elderly Americans- the baby boomers- were themselves the pioneers in the great changes that have transformed family life over the past several decades, and their ageing is one of the most anticipated demographic events of this century” (Population Reference Bureau, 2010). With the continued advancement in medicine Americans are living longer. And, it appears that “while the number of Americans without medical insurance is high, the number without any insurance against the cost of long term care is far greater (Population Reference Bureau, 2010).” Ageism is a social attitude. Ageism is also part of attitudes where people believe that older adults can be treated in demeaning ways.