I like learning about diseases and investigating how to prevent it. It’s just crazy how many diseases to the heart only they are. Did not master/difficulty What I could have done to better understand the concepts learned is not being absent as much as I did. I was absent many times for medical reasons.
Harrison College 9/9/15 Mini Project 3/Final assessment There are many different social problems in our society today. Many of them revolve around money and or status. Healthcare is one of the top social and economic problems facing Americans today.
Why are prescription drugs so expensive and how could the costs be reduced? Consumers in the United States pay nearly twice as much for prescription drugs as individuals in most other countries. This is due to many factors. In the United States, there is a lack of price negotiation to reduce drug prices, drug manufacturers receive product protections through patents and Food and Drug Administration approvals, and an increase in direct to consumer marketing of brand name drugs. Would changing any of these issues lower the cost of prescription drugs?
In my opinion, yes there is such a thing as "painless cost control. " Healthcare professionals, insurance companies, and hospital administrators have contributed in making healthcare cost very high. That needs to be controlled because when some insurance companies pay for the fee for services while others pay for capitation or payment for Diem, that creates a lot of confusion and competition in the market leading physicians into a more specialized field and Primary care providers practices certain procedures in their interests which cost more money. Due to that, practices that increase Healthcare cost without creating any benefit for the patients, as well as the insurance companies and the population can be reduced as painless cost control by setting up a universal payment system to pay physicians, specialist, and hospitals.
The film, Unnatural Causes, states that social class determines your health. “Health and Wealth” backs up that statement by saying, “The wider the inequality, the worse the nation’s overall health” (Jacobs and Morone 2004). This also is due to a lack of health care and “how medical costs are raising faster than personal income growth” (Jacobs and Morone 2004). People who have wealth can afford health care, unlike some people who are at the bottom of the social class who cannot afford health care. What about the people who are climbing up the social ladder?
The homeless problem costs society millions of dollars, predominantly through medical bills. Society assumes homelessness is normally distributed. However, that is not the case. Homelessness follows a power-law distribution, meaning the problem is not concentrated in the middle but rather at one extreme. This distribution pattern is also evident in police violence allegations.
Rich households have good health outcomes because they can afford insurance and expensive medical procedures like surgeries. However, the poor households have insufficient health outcomes because they cannot afford life-saving medication and health services (Paradies et al. 373). Healthcare inequality is an injustice because it prevents all individuals from accessing high-quality healthcare that they can afford. As a result, a significant proportion of the society, who comprise the minority groups and the low-income households, suffer from the inadequate access to the important health care services like vaccinations, surgeries, and terminal care (Schroeder). Societies should have mechanisms of cushioning the vulnerable members of the society so that they can receive good health care.
People have chosen not to get themselves or their children vaccinated since they were first available. There has always been controversy over vaccinations, they thought to be immoral or objectionable, and they are! Vaccines are unsafe, unnatural and unnecessary for the human population. Medical technology has improved in the last 100 years and so have our living conditions. Yet we have never been sicker, this is the first generation who will not out live their parents.
As I watched Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth,I was really shocked at some of the points they made throughout the episode. At the beginning they tell us that America spends about two trillion dollars a years on medicare which is about half the amount of money they spent on Health care around the world. If we look at this number it is huge but there still so many people who do not have health insurance. Health insurance in this country is still a problem for both the rich and the poor. If are unemployed our insurance gets taken away and if we make too much money our insurance still gets taken away.
The law that was intended to improve the status quo of health care has, in essence, caused a dangerous paradigm shift in health care costs. Fundamentally, the Affordable Care Act is a failed attempt to reduce health care costs in the United States. The Act was designed to increase affordability of health insurance for extremely low-income families; nevertheless, the Act exponentially increased health insurance costs for the majority of Americans. In America, majority rules-- why should health care be an
The cost of healthcare has increase exponentially through the years. Current government reimbursements are lower than the actual cost to provide healthcare services. Businesses are falling short of their revenue and are limited to the amount of money they received from Medicaid and Medicare. Limited revenue has lead to the common practice known as cost shifting, which accommodates for the losses of revenue and for uncompensated care. Cost shifting has been a matter of controversy.
The US Healthcare system is plagued with a tremendous amount of waste, high costs that are continuing to rise, and low quality, fragmented care.2 The price of health care has been a major topic over the last few years. Health care accounts for almost 18% of the gross domestic product. Blue Cross and Blue Shield set the standard for reimbursement systems when Medicare was created in 1965. This original system paid hospital costs and physician fees retrospectively with no regard for the quality of care provided.
While licensed NDs can still work in non-licensure states, NDs are not allowed to work to the fullest extent of their training. Due to the restrictions on how much they can do for their patients, Naturopathic Physicians are not able to help their patients as much as possible. These restrictions hurt the patients in the long-run, because the Physicians cannot use every tool in their arsenal to help heal their patients. The number of states that have licensure laws has increased from 14 to 20, including the District of Columbia and two US territories, within the past 10 years (AANP). That means only 34% of the states have Naturopathic licensure.
An analysis of the financial challenges that healthcare administrators face in America are the rising costs of uninsured patients and Medicare/ Medicaid reimbursement debt that continue to have negative affect on the budget of the healthcare facility. As a healthcare administrator it is prudent