Going to an emergency room instead of scheduling a doctor's appointment has become a trend in this country. Translated into dollars and cents that means 40.5 million people paid up to three times as much for routine care as they would have paid at a physician's office. They probably wasted a lot of time too because emergency rooms are not set up to care for routine illness, and they do not work on a first-come, first-served basis as many people mistakenly believe. To ensure that the sickest patients get immediate care, emergency rooms use a triage (French for "sorting") system of evaluation so that critical cases, such as people suffering from heart attacks or injuries from serious accidents or violent crimes, are treated first. Everyone else may have to wait quite a while before being seen.
If extra people donate organs, the number of people on the waiting list will decrease. The list of recipients is six times larger than the list of organ donors (Gonzalez 1). Many organs become unhealthy in the human body, and this causes complications, even death. The most common organs needed for organ transplants are kidneys, hearts, and livers (Guden 6). A person cannot survive without a heart, kidney, or liver, and if any of these organs would start to malfunction, the only hope is that an organ would become available through organ donation.
Most of the drugs being used to treat TB were developed between 40 to 60 years ago. The side effects alone can kill you and there isn’t just one drug you have to take a cocktail of them. I Found this whole documentary to be distressing most of all how the illness just takes over a person’s life. It takes away any opportunity to live a long prosperous life. All of the people in this documentary didn’t deserve to die in that way and even
September 16, 2010 “Unhealthy” Essay It is so disturbing after watching the film Sicko to find how a lot of hospitals and health insurance companies treat the patients that cannot afford health insurance. I knew that the healthcare field was a complete mess, but I never would have dreamed that some hospitals would literally dump them on the street with no medical help. Everyday people continue to amaze me, how they value money over everything, including for some, and their own lives. The United States healthcare industry seems to decline more each year, compared to other countries. I have to admit, before watching Michael Moore’s documentary, Sicko; I did not have the slightest clue how terrible the United States healthcare industry was.
Analysis of “Organ Sales Will Save Lives” English 112 11:30-12:45 9/19/2012 Analysis of “Organ Sales Will Save Lives” Thousands of people die every year from a tragic disease known as end-stage renal failure. However, these deaths could be easily prevented with the legalization of kidney sales for transplant. Countless people around the world are either desperate to sell or buy a kidney, yet restrictions on such transactions have caused the black market organ trade to thrive. Restraints on kidney sales not only promotes risky conditions in which to purchase one, but cheats the seller out of due compensation if it were legal. In her essay “Organ Sales Will Save Lives”, Joanna Mackay explains how legalizing kidney sales would be beneficial in more ways than one; saving the lives of patients willing to buy kidneys, and with legal compensation, helping to end poverty in the countries of those willing to sell.
Uninsurance in America The number of uninsured Americans is growing at a staggering rate; in fact, the number has reached 43 million, which is the population of everyone living in twenty six different states combined (Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance, 2004). The debate over whether universal coverage should be available to all Americans has been going on for decades. The people opposed to universal coverage believe that insuring all Americans is too costly and that the resulting bureaucracy would undermine patient care. Those who are in favor of universal coverage believe that it is too costly not to insure all Americans. They believe that the lack of preventative care, and the resulting poorer health, places an even higher burden on the taxpayer then universal coverage would.
At MGH the decline was 87.6% in 1988 to 78.4% in 1993 as well. Because of their high medical cost and lack of primary care physicians, 30% of the hospitals revenues were at risk, giving the opportunity to other hospitals to provide these services and create price competition based on Chapter 495. The reduction of gross patient service revenue at MGH and BWH were affected by the changes in government programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the enactment of chapter 495. These programs along with many insurance companies adopted the Prospective Payment System (PPS) which began monitoring hospital charges and refusing payment for unnecessary services. The hospitals were receiving a standardized payment for each service
Importance of vascular access for cost containment Multiple studies have shown that a fistula is the best on most cost-effective vascular access, followed by a graft, and that having a catheter as hemodialysis access is by far the worst, having not only the highest initial cost, but also the highest re-admission rates for serious events such as catheter-related bacteremias, which in most cases have to be born by the hospital system given that a large number of patients are uninsured or underinsured. 70% of all patients starting hemodialysis at Jackson Memorial Hospital do so with the worst possible access, namely a tunneled venous catheter. Barriers for decreasing the number of catheter-dependent hemodialysis patients Currently, there
Medical billing specialists estimate that the US Government loses thirty cents of every dollar earned from dishonest practices and medical billing scams (Swanson, 2012). Upcoding is a fraudulent practice in which provider services billed for higher CPT procedures codes than performed. It’s also one of the leading reason this loss occurs. Subsequently, physicians and healthcare providers assign a CPT (current procedural terminology) code for each procedure done, and the code/system determines how large or small the following bill will be. Since most time its large insurance companies processing hundreds of computerized measures, many indecorously coded procedures are unnoticed (Swanson, 2012).
The statistics of medication error consistently increases in health care sector. A 1999 IOM (Institute of Medicine) estimated that “Medication errors” accounted for 7,000 deaths per year (Phillips et al.2001). According to Malaysia, static show that 10 percent of medication errors occurs by the nurses’ carelessness and not seriously follow the rules in their practice, during drug administration stage (www.straight dope Nov 2007). We mite be think, 10 percent is not a high percentage in medication error but that was the root cause of medication error, were started by the nurses in health care sectors. All errors result in potentially negative outcomes for the client, including a near or actual death.