Significant Health Care Event

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Significant Health Care Event Eugene Whitehead HCS/531 February 18, 2013 Ann Gantzer Science and technology have always been joined at the hip. The evolution of health care services in the United States (U. S.) undoubtedly has been shaped at least in part by advancements in scientific research and knowledge, and technological innovation (Shi & Singh, 2012). The following exploration focuses on ways a specific scientific or technological event or innovation affected health care provision in the U. S. to date. Health care is dynamic. Science and technology continue to prove themselves as important facilitators of the change processes that occur in health care. The scientific method and nursing process are just a few examples that…show more content…
In 1955 more than 50% of American women who used birth control relied upon condoms (27%) and diaphragms (25%). A decade later, only five years after the pill was approved the numbers changed drastically, with 27% of American women using the pill, 18% using condoms, and 10% relying on diaphragms. Use of the pill continued to rise so that 36% of American women were using it by 1973 (Seigel-Watkins, 2012). Birth control affected health care evolution in many ways. Prevention and dominion over pregnancy provided women a type of freedom of choice inconceivable before 1960. As the use of birth control matured and health concerns began to surface a whole new avenue of research opened related to the correlation between use of the pill and emboli formation, heart attack, and stroke. An increase in medical malpractice claims and exorbitant product liability costs illustrated another negative aspect of contraceptive medicine’s impact on health care evolution. Citing limited opportunities for growth and profits pharmaceutical companies tinkered with lower dosages and estrogen-progestin combinations but did not invest in new birth control innovations during the 1970s and 1980s. However, the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 also called the Hatch-Waxman Act set the stage for expansion of the oral contraceptive marketplace. By 2007, that market was flooded with more than 90 brand-name and generic drugs. Also by this time the
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