Implementing Nationwide Health Enrichment Goals And Increase Public Knowledge

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Initial Post: Access to healthcare
Paula Moran-Lally Healthy People 2020 aims to establish nationwide health enrichment goals and increase public knowledge regarding the indicators for health, disease and disabilities while supporting opportunities for enhancement (Nies &McEwen, 2015). One of the most crucial goals Access to Health Care has been highlighted in lieu of the fact that in 2014 the United States health care system needed to provide the 32 million uninsured Americans with needed health insurance for the first time as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Healthy People 2020, 2012). The ACA has formulated a four part system build around Medicare, Medicaid, employer sponsored insurance and the new state based insurances
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There are many key components in approaching access to health care: coverage, services, timeliness and workforce (Healthy People 2020, 2015). Patients who have a positive and consistent source of care will ultimately have better end results, minor discrepancies and fewer costs (Healthy People 2020, 2015). Timeliness is the health system’s capability to optimize services in a convenient manner, whether it embraces the time spent either waiting in a doctor’s office or an emergency department. At the same time for many patients it encompasses the time between analyzing the need for tests or treatment and obtaining those results. Working as an ER nurse there has been incredible long waiting times in emergency rooms secondary to the fact that people are using the ER for care and more notably as their primary care physician. Likewise prolonged Emergency department wait times can decrease patient satisfaction and notably people leave without been seen. Finally the different element of workforce is vital in contributing access to health services. Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) play an important role in providing access to health services and it has been noted that many medical students are leaning away from working in primary care (Healthy People 2020, 2015). Our ultimate goal is to direct them towards that needed profession. The Healthy People 2020 leading health
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