Utilization In Healthcare

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Resource: Health Care Utilization Paper Grading Criteria Select either Option A or Option B from this assignment. Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper according to your chosen option. Option A Health care reform is part of an ongoing debate and recent substantial legislation. Address the following in your paper for Option A: * In what ways have recent health care reform measures expanded or inhibited access to care? These two strategies represent two distinct ways of increasing access to care. [ Insurance coverage expansions are targeted directly at uninsured people and attempt to increase access by removing the financial barriers that most uninsured people report as their main reason for not getting needed medical care.1 By contrast,…show more content…
Results from a recent research at the Harvard medical school (published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine) show that Massachusetts health reform has “effectively increased access to healthcare and reduced disparities” (Logue, 2011, p. 1). The researchers discovered that since 2006, (the year in which the Massachusetts healthcare reform was enacted), there has been a 7.6 percent increase in the number of residents with health insurance. Conversely, there has been a 4.87 percent decrease of those not accessing healthcare because of prohibitive…show more content…
The current healthcare system in the U.S. may not be a true reflection of the concept of Universal Healthcare. Many scholars argue that, for an industrialized nation, the U.S. system leaves a lot to be desired in terms of coverage of its citizens. According to Chua (2006), the U.S. is the only “industrialized nation that does not offer any form of universal healthcare to its citizens”. As opposed to other developed nations, quality healthcare in the U.S. is a privilege to those who can pay for it. The author offers the opinion that the American healthcare system is more of an “economic good” rather than the “social or public good” it should be. Contrary to popular opinion, Chua states that, “80 percent of the uninsured are hardworking Americans who are employed or come from working families” (2006, p. 2). Most of these individuals lack insurance cover either because their employer does not provide it or because the employer’s premium share is too costly. Some employed persons might lack insurance cover due to the fact that they are not eligible because of factors such as being on a part time job or not having worked long

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