The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States

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The Future Challenges Facing Health Care in the United States
Liz M. Santiago
Dr. Watson
HSA 500
March 11, 2012

Identify and describe at least three of the most difficult issues facing health care in the United States today. Our health care system is complex in the way it is setup and the way it operates. There are many key issues that face the health care system in the United States today. Three of the most difficult issues include diseases, health disparities and paying for health care. As we are capable of preventing diseases through preventive medicine and advanced technology, the mortality rate of the United States will continue to decline. Although this may be true, macro trends such as illnesses,
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Identify and describe three ways that technology impacts health care. The health care system has experienced a vast amount of innovations that have enhanced life expectancy, as well as offered diagnostic and treatment options in a cost effective manner to enhance quality of life. It has been technology that has driven our health care system. Through development, testing, and distribution of technological advances, it improves the nation’s health. “It is critical to the nation’s future health that innovative practices and biomedical and clinical research be promoted and incentivized” (Torrens & Williams, 2009). It is the medical research team that has to develop the drug, device or technology and make it accepted and available for patients and clinicians to use. “This phase involves private companies and private capital almost entirely and calls for a mixture of scientific promotion to the technical expert community and broader general marketing to the health care system that must ultimately approve it for purchase and clinical use” (Torrens & Williams, 2009). It is through clinical trials that will eventually gain the FDA approval, if a drug or medical device is deemed safe for the community to use. “Once the appropriate regulatory approvals are obtained for a new device or drug, the development process moves into an active marketing phase designed to encourage the use of the product by individual clinicians and