HealthcarePolicies in the United States
HealthcarePolicies in the United States
Heathpolicies play a major role in influencing the direction of healthcare systems in the world. Similarly in the USA the health systemimprovement is dependent on the deliberation of relevant andstrategic health policies. The health policies implemented arerequired to able to improve the efficiency in the health servicesbeing offered. Additionally, the policies should ensure the wholecitizenry is entitled to good health care cover. To be able toachieve a plethora ofstrategic health care policies are requiredranging from proper heath care insurance program to well equippedhospitals that are easy to access. Additionally, the policies areopposed to ensure that the healthcare facilities are accessible. Thiswill ensure that all citizenry are provided with good health carethat is a basic need to life. In the process of looking at the healthcare operations in the USA we will revisit the various policies putin place to ensure that the goals of good health care are achieved.Additionally, the effects of the heath care policies will beanalyzing the benefits accrued and the resulting shortcomings.
Tobegin with, it is important to note that human life expectancy isdependent on the proper health policies put in place in a country.Additionally, the whole health well being is dependent on the amountof resources committed to the sector to provide the amenitiesrequired(Winter, 2013).In United States the fiscal policies have been allocating the healthsector a vast amount of resources to cater for the citizenry healthneeds. An ideal example is 2011 when United States spent close to17.2% of the GDP on health care sector. This clearly shows the amountimmense resources being pumped into the sector to keep up with thehealth challenges of 21stcentury. In the 21stcentury various diseases that are not curable have emerged thatdemand placement of contingency fund to respond to themIn (Persily, 2013).In keeping abreast to this the United States health care system hascome up with policies that have ensured such diseases are continuedbefore they become national disaster to the nation. This is clearlyseen by the containment of health disease as that have been containedto prevent the spread into the U.S. Among the disease the governmenthas succeeded in keeping at bay in the United States of Americainclude the avian flu that broke in far East in addition to the Ebolaoutbreak in Africa. All this has been achieved through propercoordination of the country’s health care policies.
Additionally,the country’s health care policies have ensured that properlegislation are passed to contain the movement of people in and outof America. Additionally, policies that have been put in placeconcerning the handling of dangerous laboratory samples andmicroorganism have aided in the prevention of possible healthcalamities occurring in the United States. Additionally, thegovernment’s healthcare department has been able to make proposalsthat have serious ramifications on signing countries(Elhauge, 2010).These policies have ensured that the security and health welfare ofthe USA citizenry is well catered for. Furthermore, the governmenthas introduced the health care insurance policy that is mainlyfocused on accommodating all people in the country ensuring the getquality health care. This will help boost the population’sproductivity in addition to life expectancy increase in the long run.Through such policies the health care system will be sustainable andin the long run the budget on the heath care system can be trimmedonce enough healthcare facilities are fully equipped in addition tofull personnel empowerment .This will ensure only capacity buildingforums dealing with emerging issues in healthcare sector will beorganized.
Healthinsurance policy brought forward by the health sector official in asolid manner would aid in the full understanding of the issue. Tobegin with the rationale of the health insurance project was toensure that all citizens are provided with quality medical careservices (Varshney,2009).Furthermore, it was meant to cushion the families from sufferingfinancial in one of kin is diagnosed in a medical facilities. Theidea was to pool resources that would in turn be used to cater forthe medical bills of the afflicted persons in case of illness. Thiswas to ensure that the economic stability of families is not hamperedin case a member of family is diagnosed ill. The major fear among thepotential policy holders in the USA was the potential occurrence of alarge number of medical insurance claimants in turn making theinsurance fund irrelevant. This is considering the insurance careproducts are modeled on creating a pool of fund with only a marginalnumber expected to lay claim. However, the medical care sector isdifferent given that health ailment occur quite frequently.Additionally, in case of disease outbreaks affecting large number ofthe policy holders the fund would turn to be unsustainable.
Onthe other and the health care system in the USA is faced by a numberof challenges. Key among them is the high cost of medical care. THIsis partly driven by the high cost of drugs and salaries to themedical personnel. The key component in driving the cost of healthsystem high is the administrative cost of insurance premiums in theprivate sector. All these challenges have been a source of debate tothe political class trying to come up with solution to them. It isimportant to note that the prices of new drugs in the USA have beensky rocketing in the last few years pushing the cost health careservices high. This is an unwelcome development given the numerousemergence of new disease that is threatening the human population(Barr, 2011).An ideal example is cancer that is causing many deaths. The mainproposal to this has been that the government should commit morefunds to the health sector to subsidize drug cost. Additionally, thecitizenry should not be forced into subscribing into the nationalhealth insurance system. Instead, the people should be allowed tocontinue on the private arrangements with the private healthinsurance providers hence giving a wider risk spread in the country.All this is geared to the reduction in the problems facing the USmedical sector.
Howeverto improve the health care system a number of steps can be taken. Tobegin with, the Healthcare insurance project should receive aninstant review to streamline the pending issues. This will contributeway lot in streamlining the heath care system n the country. Thehealth insurance possible changes should include an allowance to makeinsurance contribution worth supporting a life saving procedure on apolicy holder(Varshney, 2009).This well informed by the skyrocketing cost of medical care servicesin country. Furthermore an appraisal of the Obamacare health sectorreform to ensure they are tailor made to suit the needs of Americancitizens. This will boost the acceptance level and enable fasterimplementation of the program. The review will enable providence ofbetter heath care that is rated the worst in the developed nation’sleague. These will drastically, contribute to the cutting of diseasesoccurrence that continue to hamper the American economy.Additionally, policies to curb fraud in the health sector should beproposed considering the serious implications it has caused thebusinesses in the United States of America. If the economic costs dueto medical fraud are cut down then the health services providenceworld rapidly improve in the country.
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