Public Health Policy Paper

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This public health policy paper will discuss and outline the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as barriers and controversies surrounding the policy and its relevance in nursing profession. The ACA will eventually affect everyone. Statistics reflecting United States health outcomes have proven the need for the initiation of policy formation within the United States healthcare system. “In March 2010, President Obama signed into law a comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” (Estes, Chapman, Dodd, Hollister, Harrington, 2013, p. 144) The ACA promotes preventive care—including related services and family planning—that should result in improved health outcomes and
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The U.S. Health system spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product than any other country but ranks 37 out of 191 countries according to its performance.” (WHO, 2000, p. 1) Progression in the United States has not kept up with the advances in other wealthy nations dealing with the population health. Disease and chronic disability report almost 50% of America health problem (JAMA, 2013).
It has been shown that patient’s on an everyday bases deal with hardship decisions regarding their health. Paying for blood pressure medications or buying food, paying a past due bill or getting their insulin have become involuntary decisions. We would assume when coming into the hospital patients are just being non-compliant with there medications, so that 's why they are always “frequent flyers” to the hospital. It 's when discharge planning has begun, you then start to see the big picture and there “non-compliant” ways are justified. Americans shouldn 't have to choose rather to have controlled blood sugars or sleep in a warm house. This law change is important to the well being of the American citizens.
Some industry companies are in agreement and supports the need for change. “Hospital industry were generally in favor of health care reform as it was developing, based on its expectation that the large increase in the insured population would lead to increased financial returns
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