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.
Improvements in surgical technique, in the preservation of organs and in anti-rejection therapy have opened up the live-saving option of organ transplantation to thousands more patients each year. Improvements in the care of patients with advanced chronic illness have also boosted the numbers of potential organ recipients. In the United States, for example, 63,782 patients were on the National Transplant Waiting List on June 30, 1999. Despite this need, only20,961 transplants were performed the previous year, because organs were available from just 9,913 donors. This critical shortage of donor organs is considered the number-one issue inorgan transplantation, because many more lives could have been saved.
with all of its technology and high industrial development is still lacking to provide all its citizens health services. The health care system in the U.S. has major faults that affect both patients and physicians. Many Americans lack health insurance, and cannot be seen by a physician routinely. There is a shortage of physicians due to the cost of medical school and of malpractice insurance. In order to provide free education for medical students, malpractice insurance for physicians, and free health care for everyone, taxes need to be raised.
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
Access to Care Student’s name: Course: Institution: Date of Submission: ACCESS TO CARE Pros and Cons of Expanding HealthCare Increasing access to healthcare will mean that a large majority of people can access these services. There are about 45 million uninsured Americans and about 60 million become uninsured at some point in the year (Song & Smith, 2007). This suggests that these people cannot access proper healthcare. Expanding access will thus reduce this number thereby reducing the occurrence of preventable diseases (Nandi et al, 2009). It has also been established that people without insurance receive little care, get sick more often and thus die quicker (Gilfords et al, 2005).
Sutter Health’s Retooling of Accounts Receivable October 18, 2010 An increasing issue within healthcare is the inability to collect debt from the rising levels of uninsured or underinsured and patient payment obligations which have put increased pressure on hospitals to maximize up-front cash collections. Today in the United States there are nearly 47 million Americans uninsured and 80 percent of those come from working families. Hospitals incur over $60 billion dollars in bad debt annually because they typically collect only ten to twenty percent of a total uninsured patient balance after service. This is due to a number of reasons, including poor accounting practices, a lack of correct patient information and a lack of generated reports. This paper will discuss how one company, California’s Sutter Health,
They can raise prices at any point. However, I think that for our nation to move forward we need to limit the costs of health care. It should not be a completely profit driven industry which it is at this time. A change needs to occur to make the insurance companies focus on helping people rather than making money. All individuals should have access to health care including those who can not afford to pay for it.
Health care fraud is a major concern for the United States. National healthcare spending is already an astounding $2.7 trillion dollars but it will only continue to rise since health care fraud costs the country approximately $80 billion dollars a year, as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”). As the economy fluctuates, more health care professionals are willing to risk patient harm and their practices to achieve these health care schemes, and so the total loss in health care continues to increase. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that by the year 2016, health care spending will exceed $4.14 trillion. The FBI is one of the main government agencies that investigates health care fraud against federal and private insurance programs.
Judging on the past of health care and the major developments that have been made in the last 150 years, the economics of it all have also changed dramatically. The demand for health care is nowhere near meeting the supply, struggling with retaining employees and offering efficient care all over the world. The health care economy is the most grossing industry in the United States, with a gross domestic product of 3.5 trillion dollars. With results like that, elasticity in health care seems somewhat unheard of. The need for health care is dire, yet the prices just increase.
Critical Incident Medication Errors Seth Molin December 14, 2013 HMGT 320 University of Maryland University College Professor Ben Smith Medication errors are a dangerous and costly event. It is estimated that 1 million medication errors happen each year. Additionally, it is estimated that these errors result in approximately 7,000 unnecessary deaths (Binder, L., 2013, September 3). Jeannell Mansur from the Joint Commission International illustrated that “every hospital patient may be subjected to as much as one medication error each day.” In addition to the risk to patient safety these errors produce additional medical costs of an estimated 3.5 billion dollars a year. It is vital that steps be taken to mitigate this preventable critical incident.