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Healthcare Reform Policy: Analysis and Recommendations
An analysis of the major issues plaguing American healthcare and recommendations for reform.
# 153095 | 986 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper argues that American healthcare is in need of immediate and extensive reform, and then focuses on the major issues that need reforming. The paper discusses the need to increase the availability of quality healthcare throughout American society by establishing a universal healthcare system, to eliminate for-profit corporate control of healthcare services, especially healthcare insurance, and to reduce the connection and dependence of health insurance and employment. The paper therefore calls for a comprehensive approach that includes adopting a results-based healthcare compensation system instead of the current fee-for-service model, the dissociation of healthcare from employment status, the adoption of universal healthcare principles, and the reigning in of the political system that allows healthcare industry lobbyists to influence the decisions of lawmakers in Washington to further the financial interests of healthcare companies over those of the American people.

Healthcare Reform - Major Issues

From the Paper:

"Healthcare costs in the U.S. have already increased so much that they represent almost one-sixth of the entire national economy, a figure that is fully expected to increase further until it represents one-fifth of the national economy in less than a decade (Kennedy, 2006; Reid, 2009). A substantial portion of those costs represent the cost of healthcare insurance which is so expensive that as many as forty percent of Americans cannot even afford basic primary healthcare services. It is estimated that as a direct result of their inability to obtain affordable primary and preventative medical care, 40,000 Americans die prematurely every year from medical conditions that could have been managed or cured by standard methods of medical intervention that are available to those Americans who can afford healthcare insurance (Kennedy, 2006; Reid, 2009).
"By comparison, most European countries already have universal healthcare as does Canada and even Mexico (Kennedy, 2006; Reid, 2009). Britain, in particular, has demonstrated that strategies such as replacing the fee-for-services compensation model with a results-based compensation framework for healthcare providers are essential to the cost-reduction effort (IOM, 2006; Reid, 2009). Similarly, the successful British healthcare system emphasizes preventative healthcare and the elimination of waste and redundant services by focusing on the coordination of services among and between multiple concurrent service providers. In many respects, these two concepts alone (results-based compensation and preventative medicine) would go a long way toward increasing the availability of healthcare by reducing the cost increases that are attributable to waste, greater emphasis on treatment instead of prevention, and redundant services (Kennedy, 2006)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Carret, M., Fassa, A., and Kawachi, I. "Demand for emergency health service: factors associated with inappropriate use." BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 7, No. 1: (2007): 131-0.
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM). "Pay-for-performance preferable for Medicare" Healthcare Financial Management. Healthcare Financial Management Association. 2006. Accessed 15 Dec 2010 from HighBeam Research at:
  • Kennedy, E. (2006). America: Back on Track. Viking: New York.
  • Reid, T. (2009). The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care. New York: Penguin Group.

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