Contemporary Healthcare Reform Issues Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of potential healthcare reform in the US.
# 151080 | 1,345 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper describes the need for healthcare reform in the US, further pointing out why the system must change if Americans are to get quality healthcare coverage. First, the paper discusses the current state of the American healthcare system. It also highlights how healthcare is funded. Next, the paper discusses issues with private insurance carriers, particularly their high returns and profit. Then, the paper addresses the influence of the political lobby group of private insurance carriers. The paper concludes by stating that the U.S. healthcare system is in dire need of comprehensive reform, especially in regard to rising consumer costs.


Introduction and Thesis Statement
The State of the American Healthcare System
The Private Health Insurance Problem
The Private Health Insurance Industry Political Lobby

From the Paper:

"The American private health insurance industry has evolved into one of the largest and most profitable industries in the nation. In principle, this is already anathema to the concept of healthcare and the general philosophy of the greater good in modern societies. In most European nations, as well as in Canada, Cuba, and Mexico, government funded healthcare is considered one of the responsibilities of society (Tong, 2007). Beyond the direct cost of medical care, European nations typically incorporate the concept of preventative medicine whereby physicians are compensated in relation to the actual health of their patients instead of in the fee-for-services format used in U.S. healthcare (Kennedy, 2006; Reid, 2009)."
"Conversely, in the U.S., healthcare has developed into a profit-driven private sector industry provided by a small number of corporate conglomerates that greatly inflate the cost of medicine and thereby profit enormously from the medical hardships and suffering of those most in need of medical care (Goldhill, 2009; Kennedy, 2006). Meanwhile, U.S. physicians have no financial incentive to focus on preventative medicine in the manner that their European counterparts do because their compensation is not based on results achieved (Kennedy, 2006; Reid, 2009; Tumulty, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dykman, J. "Five Truths about Health Care in America." Time, Vol. 172, No. 22 (December 1, 2008): 42-51.
  • Goldhill, D. "How American Health Care Killed My Father." The Atlantic, Vol. 304, No. 2 (Sept. 2009): 38-55.
  • 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 Publishing.
  • Stanhope, M., and Lancaster, J. (2004). Community and Public Health Nursing. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Publishing.

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