Health Care Administration

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Health Care Administration

Health care administrators have wide-ranging influence within the world of medicine. The leadership that these professionals provide sets the future course not only for the facilities they manage but also for the health care system as a whole.
A health care administrator is responsible for establishing health care standards, making strategic policy decisions and implementing the personnel management procedures necessary to support his/her vision. In addition to the internal leadership they provide, health care administrators are leaders within the greater community as well. They partner with other health care organizations, comply with government regulations, advocate and testify on behalf of health care
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(Healthcare Salary Online, 2006-13)
One of the biggest issues in healthcare management is the cost of medical care services and insurance. Health insurance rates often increase faster than inflation, which means they consume a larger portion of an employer's money or an individual buyer's income. Some employers cut their health benefits to employees as costs rise or during a period of financial distress, forcing more people to pay for their own healthcare. Those who can't afford to do so add to the number of uninsured Americans or receive benefits from a government-subsidized program such as Medicare or Medicaid. Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is far from a given for millions of people. Programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are only available to elderly and low-income individuals and families that qualify. Staffing is an ongoing issue in hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing homes and other facilities that need trained specialists on hand to assist patients. The shortage of nurse’s means that many duties fall to untrained or inexperienced assistants, therefore, increasing the chances that mistakes will be made. Discrepancies in pay draw medical students away from certain fields and into others, resulting in a lopsided distribution of doctors and a lack, or surplus, of options for patients. (Health PAC, 2001-13)
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