Health Care Delivery Systems : Cost Containment

1592 WordsJan 28, 20167 Pages
Health Care Delivery Systems: Cost-Containment, Staffing Models, and Delegation Due to the passing of Obamacare, also known as The Affordable Care Act, American’s today are provided more access to healthcare than ever before. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and signifies universal healthcare reform. This legislation includes provision in healthcare to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. The ACA reform bill contains many other important changes as well, including, implemented measures to lower healthcare costs, improve system efficiency, eliminate coverage denial for pre-existing conditions, and increase coverage for children or dependents to age 26. What effect will this new law for healthcare reform have on hospitals, individuals, nurses, other healthcare providers, and on America? Throughout this paper the author will explore the changes and how our economy, political, and healthcare delivery system is affected. The Cost of Health Care How much does healthcare coverage cost American taxpayers and those insured? As of 2013 the US Department of Health and Human Services estimated the cost of healthcare reached $2.9 trillion dollars at a cost of $9,255 per person. So how was $2.9 trillion spent? According to the Department of Health and Human Services here the breakdown; prescriptions 9%, doctors and clinics 20%, hospital care 32%, dental and other services 7%, government
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