A Brief Note On U.s. Healthcare System

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U.S. healthcare system is one of the most complex healthcare system in the world. Cost, Quality and Access have been identified as the most significant factors affecting this system. In terms of quality of healthcare, according to the Commonwealth Fund Commission, U.S. has been ranked last amongst other 11 developed nations (Fact Sheet, 2016). Also, in terms of access to U.S. healthcare system, due to high cost of health care, minorities and poor are at significant disadvantages. Sultz and Young (2014) stated in terms of cost, U.S. spends approximately 17% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare (p.1). In order to improve the quality of healthcare, provide universal healthcare access to uninsured and minimize the escalating costs of healthcare, in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into the law by President Obama. Since the enactment of ACA, there is only limited amount of healthcare cost savings observed. People are still questioning whether Obamacare has delivered its prescribed goals or not? Some facts and reports show that the Obamacare has not gained much success. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, “the total per capital health insurance spending will rise from $7,786 in 2016 to $11,681 in 2024.” (Moffit, 2016). Thus, the role of ACA in addressing the U.S. healthcare cost problem is constrained.
Historical Background and Influence on Healthcare Delivery
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