TheInfluence of Health Policies and the Future of Health Care in the U.S
TheInfluence of Health Policies and the Future of Health Care in the U.S
TheU.S health care is one of the pressing issues in the country despitethe various developments that the country have made in ensuring thebest health care. Various policies have been made in regard to healthcare including the recent ObamaCare. Despite these efforts, theproblems facing U.S health care have not been resolved. According toDoctor Emmett Miller, the U.S health care issues are not ascomplicated as they seem as he explains in the video “Health CareIssues and Problems in USA”
Thehealth problems facing most Americans are related to theirlifestyles, their relationship with others and how they perceivethemselves. The underlying problem that is affecting U.S health careis therefore self-made as suggested by the speaker.
Inaddition Dr. Miller states that there is a problem in the manner inwhich we address the health care problems in the country. Theparadigm that is used to solve health care problems is in factmisplaced. Instead of dealing with the source of the problem likewhat causes a certain illness, it focuses on dealing with thesymptoms (Miller,2011).
Thecurrent health care is hugely focused on training physicians who arespecialized on particular area of diseases. As such, these physiciansknow more about a given area of health and end up knowing everythingabout nothing which does not help the health care issues in thecountry.
Thelack of human interaction in health care is another problemhighlighted by the speaker. Unlike in the past where the doctor wouldspend time with the patient to a personal level, including homecalls, today’s doctors treat patients like machines (Miller,2011).They do not want to uncover the underlying problem that has causedthe disease, and end up prescribing a treatment. As such, the problemmay re-occur.
Theemphasis in health care plan in the U.S health care system is alsoanother problem facing health care. Employees are interested in anemployer who can provide a better health plan. As such, physiciansand health care institutions in general have devised ways ofmaximizing the use of finances from individual’s plan. They spend afew minutes with the patient and surcharge him hefty charges that arepassed to the relevant corporation (Miller,2011).
Thenarrator’s views echo the real situation facing health care in the21stcentury. The government and other stakeholders including employersand individuals are pumping billions of dollars into health careschemes in the name of securing health. These efforts have not beenreflected among the population. The population is struggling withdiseases which as the author states are due to lifestyle andrelationship with others.
Currently,the U.S is grappling with the issue of obesity and overweight amongits people. This problem has developed from the sedative lifestylesof American society. Other problems affecting the populationincluding stress and depression are also as a result of sourrelationship with others and with self. These are problems that havenot been addressed as expected. Instead, doctors are treating thediseases without addressing the underlying issues causing suchdiseases (Berwick& Hackbarth, 2012).In addition, the solutions that have been laid down by thestakeholders are money oriented and fail to address the actualproblem. The actual problem is to understand why the diseases occurin the first place, which can help in preventing them rather thantreating the symptoms of the problems.
Ultimately,the speaker is conversant with the health care problems that areaffecting the population today. He has lived in the past generationand in the modern generation and therefore understands better thedynamics of health care and what went wrong. This has given him anopportunity to express his views with sufficient knowledge andunderstanding of the matter.
TheAffordable Care Act
TheAffordable Care Act which was established under the Obamaadministration sought to address health care problems in the country.The law improves the quality, availability and affordability of bothprivate and public health insurance to more than 44 million uninsuredAmericans. This is made possible through different stipulationsincluding fresh regulations, taxes, subsidies and mandates. Besides,this law seeks to curtail the souring health care spending in the U.Swhich has been escalating uncontrollably (Andersen,Rice & Kominski, 2011).
TheACA has considered vulnerable groups. It prohibits insurancecompanies from dropping the coverage of a patient if he or she getssick or makes an unintentional mistake in their application. Besides,it prevents discrimination or overcharging form a pre-existingcondition or gender. Young adults are also allowed to stay undertheir parents’ plan until they attain 26 years. On financialmatters, it protects from an increase in rates (Blumenthal& Collins, 2014).It also allows middle income earners to compare different plans andchose the most affordable in the market.
Ultimately,in the time since the act become a law, ACA has already made a hugeimpact in the U.S by offering new rights and protection to over 100million people and has helped minimize the uninsured rate (Blumenthal& Collins, 2014).
Stepsfor Successful Health Care System
TheU.S health care needs a comprehensive approach in order to beacceptable and deliver the intended outcomes. There are various stepsthat different authors have put forward on how to make the healthcare system work. One thing that is evident is that, for health careto be successful, the following steps should be followed.
Allthe stakeholders must be brought on board when designing a healthcare system. This will help to have the views of everyone and allowthem to understand their role in the system. In addition health caresystems have faced problems because people always expect them tosucceed. As such, we should be ready to have them fail so as to havean insight on what should be adopted and what should be abandoned.Setting high expectations for patients may not be sustainable in theend. Thus realistic goals should be set (Weiss& Lonnquist, 2012).Motivation is an important component of a successful health caresystem. Meeting patients where they are rather from where they shouldmakes the difference. Adapting technological developments includingHER systems may lead to a better health. There is no way to achieve abetter health care without ensuring that data, design and innovationgo hand in hand (Blumenthal& Collins, 2014).Finally, a health care system should be based on the current needs.The patient of the future won’t find today’s care useful orbeneficial.
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