Valerie Benavidez Professor Stewart ENC 1101 15 November 2015 The Healthcare Crisis in the States Today, many Americans struggle to obtain minimum, let alone full healthcare coverage. The cost of healthcare has sky rocketed over the years and has become less affordable for thousands of people across the U.S. The number of uninsured Americans is at an all-time high. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes perfect sense, economically, because it eases rising costs, has been more successful at previous attempts of reform, and provides a better healthcare system overall, compared to the initial medical care system we use today.
This particular regulation and the process presents a significant obstacle for the pharmaceutical companies. Overall, government regulation of the drug sector has resulted in a longer, more-expensive product development process that favors treatments for rare illnesses. All approved drugs have been rigorously tested by the FDA to protect consumers from harmful or ineffective treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the drug sector very tightly, verifying that every drug is safe and effective before permitting it to reach the market. New drugs experience a lengthy testing period that may last 10 to 15 years before approval for sales.
With Donald Trump’s presidency, Republicans are trying to replace Obamacare, which could be both beneficial and harmful to health care providers like UnitedHealth Group. Millions of Americans are insured through Obamacare, therefore if it were taken away, there would be more exposure for health care insurers such as UnitedHealth Group. The abolishment of Obamacare could be beneficial to the company because it would permanently eliminate the Health Insurance Industry Tax, which could overall save UnitedHealth Group millions. On the other hand, since the Affordable Care Act was launched in 2010, Medicaid has been one of UnitedHealth Group’s largest money-makers.
Health Care - The act of taking preventative or necessary medical procedures to improve a person 's well-being. This may be done with surgery, the administering of medicine, or other alterations in a person 's lifestyle. These services are typically offered through a health care system made up of hospitals and physicians. Purpose Health systems around the world are struggling to meet the needs of aging populations and increasing numbers of clients with complex health conditions.
However, in today’s contemporary society there are new frameworks to consider that challenge the traditional framework in many ways, but also contribute to the complexity of defining health. One such framework is the socio-medical model of health. This model takes many factors in account when discussing ones health, and accepts that disease can be multi-causal. I mentioned earlier that people are taking responsibility for their own health, and although this remains true, some factors which may contribute to disease are out of our control- for example certain toxins that we may be exposed to in our environment, Chernobyl being an example of a catastrophic nuclear disaster impacting on the health of people in the surrounding area for generations. Socio-economic factors also have an enormous effect on a person’s
Medicine is an industry-dominated climate, with physicians and patients relying on pharmaceutical companies to provide the medications needed to adequately address patient health concerns. However, because pharmaceutical companies stand to profit from the drugs they sell, they have an incentive to influence consumers to buy the drugs they manufacture. These efforts introduce a conflict of interest: between the objective of pharmaceutical companies to maximize profits and the need of patients to receive the most safe, effective, and individualized medications at any given time. Thompson (1993) defines conflicts of interest as follows: …a set of conditions in which professional judgment concerning a primary interest (such as a
In contrast to this viewpoint, an article and associated editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2015 emphasized the importance of pharmaceutical industry-physician interactions for the development of novel treatments, and argued that moral outrage over industry malfeasance had unjustifiably led many to overemphasize the problems created by financial conflicts of interest. In 2009 a study found that "a number of academic institutions" do not have clear guidelines for relationships between Institutional Review Boards and industry. The influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medical research has been a major cause for
Why? Mainly because of very high prices of ARVs and international patents that didn’t allow the drugs to be manufactured at cheaper prices causing mass destruction. The main problems that are highlighted in the documentary are high prices of the drugs (which lead to higher deaths), Restrictions on imports, patenting of drugs (cheaper generic drugs couldn’t be manufactured) and monopoly by big pharmaceutical companies ( leading to higher prices of life saving drugs) and players at stake were Pfizer, Cipla, Private Companies and generic drugs
Americans face higher insurance premiums, higher deductibles, and higher prescription drug costs than ever before. Trump attempted to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act but the bill was pulled because the legislation was not going to receive enough votes to pass. Trump had promised his voters they he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a much better plan. This has yet to come to fruition and it looks like Trump isn’t any closer to repealing Obama Care.
Pharmaceutical drug overdoses were recorded as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, killing more Americans than firearms or motor vehicle accidents (Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics, 2013). Many patients are being prescribed these medications after surgery or after suffering an injury that may not require surgery and through overuse, causing these patients to become addicted. Although many feel that doctors are still overprescribing narcotics, this epidemic of prescription drug abuse has been brought to the forefront of national consciousness causing many prevention strategies of abuse to be put in place, strategies that were not presented in the past. The hope for these strategies is to curb the amount of unnecessary prescriptions being prescribed. Some of these strategies include educating and training physicians and doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of addictive diseases, specifically the abuse and misuse of controlled prescription drugs, as well as the implementation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP),
What are the respective roles of the federal government and the state government in providing health services? The federal government is largely responsible for Medicare, but federal and state responsibilities overlap Medicaid. The government’s responsibility is to protect the interests of society which includes the delivery of high quality health care because the market alone cannot ensure access to all Americans quality health care for those whose want it. The government must preserve the interests of all citizens by supplementing the market where there are gaps regulations and where there is efficiency or unfairness. The state governments implement and monitor local programs through local agencies such as health departments, and social
Miranda Carpenter Hypothesis There are many events in today’s society that has both positively, and negatively affected the consumers. One recent issue, is the plan to cut funding to Planned Parenthood Agencies. That being said, it is easy to depict that the number of unplanned pregnancies will increase, resulting in a higher number of Medicaid recipients. One sector of the debate on cutting the funding is the assumption of a selfish government, taking funding away from female medical services.
The nature of United States health care system is undergoing lot of changes. The steady increase in the cost of healthcare is one of the biggest concerns in the healthcare system that is affecting all clinical setting across the board. As a clinician who works mostly within the parameters of Medicare and Medicaid guidelines for reimbursement, healthcare providers are getting more and more challenged with struggles of providing optimum care with increased responsibility for cost and quality control to survive financially in new market pressures. Public fund deficits in conjunction with aging population in this country demands better utilization of care in a cost effective way in future.
Discuss the pros and cons of healthcare costs being passed on to employees from the employers. The costs in healthcare have been parasitizing to a major extent on the family budget for almost a decade. So much so that it has impacted their capacity to afford day to day necessities in life. The employees have huge debts on their credit card which makes them decrease their retirement and other savings so as to pay for the debts in healthcare (“Rising…”2015).
Thinking back over the course of 7 weeks, I have made use of many skills and methods, in the Health Administration program I have learned how to express myself in a professional and coherent manner I am now able to recognize various problems within our healthcare system, and think of solution to these problems. Among the differences within our healthcare system a few issues stood out to me, to understand these problems we have to acknowledge them. Specific inequalities in healthcare can be observed among minorities and ethnic communities, and this can be a result of everyday lifestyle decision of individuals, communities and organization, labor markets, services provided, and geographic and social norms.