Future Challenges Facing Healthcare in the U.S.

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• • • • • • The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States • Donna Kester • Dr. James Driscoll • HSA 500 • December 7, 2011

• The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States
Identify and describe at least three of the most difficult issues facing health care in the United States today. One of the most difficult challenges that our healthcare system faces is in long term health care policies such as Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare is the federal program for the elderly and disabled. It covers many of the costs associated with acute medical care but covers very few long term care services. Medicaid is a federal and state health program which covers long
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Diseases such as diabetes also affect other organs of the body which can lead to other complicated diseases. The third challenge our healthcare system faces is the shortage of nurses. Part of this shortage is due to the lack of infrastructure. In the academic year of 2010-2011, 67,563 qualified students were not admitted into nursing schools due to the lack of faculty, training facilities and other budget constraints. This is a clear indication that unless there is improvement in the infrastructure, such as state and national funding, that there could possibly be a collapse in the nursing educational system (Dunham, 2009). An increase in population has also caused the need for more nurses. The number of nurses is not increasing at the same rate as that of the population. The lack of younger students moving into the field of nursing is also a major concern. The current age of a Registered Nurse is between 43 and 45 years of age. In the next ten to fifteen years these nurses will reach retirement age which will only add to the current shortage (Williams & Torrens, 2010).
Identify and describe three ways that technology impacts health care. The first impact that comes to mind is higher spending costs. The development of new treatments for previously untreatable conditions, including long-term maintenance therapy for things such as diabetes and AIDS increases the overall costs of health care. . As we see…