Population Trends In Health Care

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The population trends of aging citizens and income levels are the most important aspects to consider in the planning, financing and delivery of healthcare. The United States is experiencing a shift in the population break up, as the number of individuals over the age of 65 increases (Garza, 2016). This population group can affect many components of the U.S. healthcare system. Income will be another population trend that will aid in the direction of healthcare (Leonard, 2015). In order to adequately plan for the future of the U.S. healthcare system, the trends of the aging population and lower income levels must be considered.

The first population trend to focus on while planning for healthcare, is the aging population. As the current population
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Healthcare trends can be influenced by factors such as age, race, geographic region, and psychographic indicators. These trends affect the future costs and adequacy of the United States healthcare system (Williams & Torrens, 2008). Each factor can vary among the different aspects of each region and patient background, which affects the type of care sought out. While creating an understanding of the implications of the healthcare system, these trends must be studied in
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The age of the patient can affect the type of treatment recommended and the likelihood of the patient seeking out that treatment (Garza, 2016). Another component of demographic trends that affect healthcare is diversity of patients and providers. As the diversity of citizens in the U.S. changes, so will medical needs and treatment. An individual’s background may need to be considered during their evaluations. The next area to consider is geographic trends, as this can change among regions in the U.S. Healthcare access in rural areas can differ than in urban areas (Coburn, Ziller, Croll, & Killbreth, 2012). Health care premiums, rates, and reimbursement vary on the geographic regions, as well. Additionally, the type of care can differ, as patients in urban areas may have more resources in the type of providers and specialities. Finally, psychographic trends can affect healthcare and medical utilization. One area of concern in this trend is gender identity and access to appropriate healthcare. Preventative and medical services can vary among each gender, which creates issues with increased gender identity variations (Catching Everyone in America’s, 2017). Medical providers are expected to be sensitive to an individual’s gender identity. This can create gaps in care as gender specific diagnosis may be overlooked. As this type of acceptance increases, this
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