Health Care Utilization Paper

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Health Care Utilization Paper

Class: HCS/235 Health Care Delivery in the U.S.

Option Chosen: 2 John Q

In this paper we will discuss John Q. and Medicaid. John recently moved into a rural community and works a full time job. John is eligible for Medicaid due to his low income and needs to see a doctor since he has high blood pressure and recently his father had a heart attack. He has local doctors but none of them except Medicaid and the closest one he can find is a 40 minute drive away and needs the appointment to be made two weeks in advance. John doesn’t have a vehicle of his own and catches rides to work and relies on public transportation. We will be discussing what factors may affect John’s health care utilization, if the
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One mutable factor is that the area in which John lives in could provide a facility that accepts Medicaid. Another is transportation, which can be provided for people without their own way to a doctor or dental appointment. The government provides these types of transportation for people who receive Medicaid or Medicare, and communities should provide this for medical needs of people who have to travel because of the community’s lack of coverage in that area. The time frame that a person must wait to see a doctor is something I feel can be changed.
Immutable factor in John’s case his job. This is not an option for most as they are lucky to have the job that they have. John’s job is full time and steady which is a lot to ask for, and insurance is not a reason to give up an income that is stable. For some it is just not possible to leave one job for another at any given time.
What are some ways to change the mutable factors?
The area that you live in should provide a facility that has a doctor or two that accepts Medicaid for its locals. This makes your community healthier since people that have no transportation or help can still be seen. By having this in local areas, many feel more comfortable about going in to see a doctor.
Transportation can be changed. A community can provide transportation for people living in the area that has Medicaid and has to be seen by a doctor. This transportation
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