Essay about Hcs 235 Health Care Utilization Option 1

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Health Care Utilization Option 1

University of Phoenix
Health Care Delivery in the United States
HCS 235

January 13, 2013

Health Care Utilization Option 1
Introduction
Health care reform in the United States is a hot topic and the source of legislation meant to make health care obtainable to Americans. Recent presidential elections have been platforms used to promote health care reform yet no one can agree on what the resolution will be. This paper will discuss ways recent health care reform measures have expanded or inhibited access to health care. This paper will discuss how changes to access may lead to influences in utilization. Concepts of what universal health care may be and how current care reflects or contrasts
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1). These factors are both mutable and immutable. The mutable factors are education and income. The individual or the community can change these factors. The immutable factors are sex, age, and ethnicity. These factors are not subject to change as they are the finite aspects of an individual. Health care access in America, the most powerful country in the world should be a rite of citizenship upon birth. There should be no issue with obtaining access to health care.
Many factors can influence a person’s access to health care. Age can influence access to health care because some physicians will treat only children or only the elderly. Income can influence access to health care because specialty driven health care usually involves significant out-of-pocket expense to the patient because some procedures are not covered by health insurance. Location also can be an influence on access to health care. Many patients do not have transportation because of age, dependency on family members, health reasons, or financial reasons. According to the Journal of the National Medical Association, Access to health care can influence the prevalence of chronic disease risks and cancer screening utilization in many ways (Shavers, Shanker, Alberg, 2002, p. 955). If patients are not given

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