The Ethics and Future of Health Care in the U.S

TheEthics and Future of Health Care in the U.S

TheEthics and Future of Health Care in the U.S

Medicareand Medicaid play a key role in the health care systems since theyprovide health coverage for almost 45 million Americans. Given theseries of government cutbacks Medicaid and Medicare will not haveavailable funds in the future. Instead, these cutbacks will resultinto reduced Medicare advantage budget hence, limiting the amount ofavailable funding for Medicare patients. As a result, some ofMedicare patients will be forced to discontinue their treatment inthe future due to extra costs that they may be required to pay(Socolar, 2012). Undeniably, such budgets cuts will give rise toinhumane cost-cutting measures that have immense negative impacts onthose in dire need of medical assistance. Kronenfeld (2011) findingsshow that Medicare and Medicaid will have a high likelihood of payingfor almost half of all health care spending in the near future. Inconnection to this, providers, who get paid less from Medicare, maybe less willing to accept Medicare patients in the future hence,such patients will find it hard to access Medicare services.

Inorder to ensure availability of future funding of Medicare for all,it is of immense significance to make and implement reforms thatwould improve access and coverage to medications. For instance,reforms that would change the law in order to allow the federalgovernment to make use of its buying power in the negotiation withdrug companies should be created and implemented. Such negotiationswould contribute enormously to the lowering of prices forprescription drugs for Medicare patients. Again, the government maydecide to create its own Medicare drug plan option that would allowbeneficiaries have a free choice between private or public Medicare.

References

Kronenfeld,J. (2011). Medicare.California: ABC-CLIO.

Socolar,J.S. (2012). ToPreserve and Strengthen Medicare. MedicalCare,46 (10), 1017-1019.