PPACA and Healthcare Reform in the US
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This paper examines the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in terms of its primary care attributes as well as related aspects of primary care. The paper discusses how although the legislation stops short of creating a nationalized healthcare system, its conditions will improve access to the system for many Americans, will shift the emphasis in treatment from profitability to patient-centered outcomes and will result in more inclusive and comprehensive coverage of the spectrum of treatment opportunities. Furthermore, the paper finds that this Act will increase the coordination between primary care and preventative care and will raise the level of community-orientation, family-orientation and cultural competence generally associated with the American healthcare system. The paper asserts that this overhaul is a major step in a positive direction for the quality and permeation of healthcare in the United States.
Primary Care Attributes
Primary Care Attributes
From the Paper:"A primary determinant of individual health and well-being is access to the primary healthcare system. This means that regular contact with a physician, a willingness to go to the hospital in the event of acute health symptoms and a capacity to see specialists when a condition necessitates as much all will have a direct bearing on the physical health of an individual. Therefore, accessibility to first contact in the healthcare system is considered a major priority of the Act. This indicates that there is a need to remove many of the obstacles that have persisted to prevent individuals from accessing the proper treatment avenues. As key points of the legislation indicate, a primary obstacle has come from the dominance of private insurers and the absence of regulatory control on their behavior toward policy-holders.
"An example of how the PPACA works to address this imbalance is through a protection of those in high-risk groups who are often--as a result of this classification--excluded from coverage. According to the Wall Street Journal article reporting on the passage of the legislation, the new legislative package "prohibits a health plan from rescinding coverage of an enrollee except in the case of fraud." (Wells & Raice, 1) This is an important provision which indicates that health insurance providers no longer have free reign to revoke policy access based on what are essentially economic decisions."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dorgan, B.L. (2010). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Democratic Policy Committee. Online at http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc-sen_health_care_bill.cfm
- Haberkorn, J. (2010). House Democrats Seek Patient Protections. Politico.
- Ikehara, S. (2010). Health Care Reform and Your Money: Four Things to Watch. Honolulu Advertising. Online at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100602/GETPUBLISHED/6020373
- Wells, R. & Raice, S. (2010). Summary of Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act. Wall Street Journal. Online at http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100321-704391.html
- Wikipedia. (2010). Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Wikimedia, Ltd. Inc. Online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act
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