Demographic Paper

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Demographic Paper
Pekin Illinois is a relatively small community located in Central Illinois half way between St. Louis and Chicago. It boasted a total community population of 33857 during the last census period of 2008. The total population consisted of roughly a 50/50 male to female ratio with a median age of 37.1 and represented 94.4% Caucasian, 2.4% African American, 1.9% Hispanic and 1.1% Asian races. Due to this population mix many of the culturally and racially indicated diseases states, such as type 2 diabetes, cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular diseases are not as prevalent as coronary heart disease and other related diseases such as heart failure, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and obesity.
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The result will be increased delays across the entire patient population because of the intensive nature of caring for a cardiac patient, decreased revenues to the hospital system causing a strain on already tight operation and the very real possibility of high physician burn-out and departure due to the increased stress of having to constantly do more with less with less incentive. In essence, the socialized medicine approach of the one-payer system will actually decrease the available care to thousands of patients because it will flood the system with under-paying, highly expectant patients that previously would not have come to the hospital for various minor health issues. This will deplete the current resources and truly afford the revenues needed to replace them.
To add to the dilemma, the rising cost of healthcare will not adequately be addressed by any new healthcare system. The costs of healthcare in America are staggering and currently represent over 17% of our national GDP with the expectation of that number rising to 20% in less than 5 years. These costs are direct hits on the revenues received by hospital which affect their ability to remain operational. As the hospital’s revenues and profit margin decrease, so does the expected longevity of the hospital.
Many of the costs that exceed the reimbursement are simply considered lost. The hospital no longer has
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