Future Challenges Facing Healthcare in the U.S.
• • • • • • The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States • Donna Kester • Dr. James Driscoll • HSA 500 • December 7, 2011
• The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States
Identify and describe at least three of the most difficult issues facing health care in the United States today. One of the most difficult challenges that our healthcare system faces is in long term health care policies such as Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is the federal program for the elderly and disabled. It covers many of the costs associated with acute medical care but covers very few long term care services. Medicaid is a federal and state health program which covers
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Newer surgical methods and devices to assist the surgeons will further increase the cost. Even though technological advances have been a wonderful thing in the healthcare system, the cost associated with this technology is very high. Health Information Management Systems utilize electronic health records. The use of this technology has helped doctors to access a patient’s records easily and more efficiently. There are some problems associated with this technology concerning missing records, long-term storage and retrieval. The software must be customized for each hospital; each of these factors can increase the overall costs of the technology. Another example of how technology has impacted healthcare is in the treatment of pre-term babies. In the 1950’s there was not much that could be done is terms of the care of premature babies. Advances in technology including such things as special ventilators, artificial pulmonary surfactant to help develop the infant’s lungs and neonatal intensive care units has decreased mortality to one third the level of 1950. These changes not only save numerous pre-term babies but they have also increased the life expectancy of approximately 12 years per low-birth weight baby (Tae, 2009). Even though it is not possible to precisely measure the impact of new technology on total health care spending it is important for innovation to