Three of the Most Difficult Issues Facing Health Care in the U.S.

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Identify and describe at least three of the most difficult issues facing health care in the U.S. today. Williams & Torrens (2010) states the three most difficult issues facing health care in the United States are: decision making practices, administrative practices and financing practices in the health system (page 337). The first issue facing the United States health care is decision-making practices. In fact, the more that statutes, regulations, and court cases decide ethical issues, the narrower is the scope of ethical decision making by providers of health care (Grad, F.P., (1978), page 19-36). The scope of decision making by physicians and families is constrained (Williams & Torrens, page 336). For …show more content…

Perchance, their impact can be softened by ingenious and balanced strategies to finance, organize, and deliver health care in accordance with the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice (Williams & Torrens, page 337). Identify and describe three ways that technology impacts health care. Technology is the driving force of health care (Williams & Torrens, page 362). William & Torrens describes it as the health care systems delivery mechanism for developing the nation’s biological research laboratories and clinical practices (page 362). The development, testing, and distribution of technological advances are fundamental to improving the nation’s health (Williams & Torrens, page 363). For example in Chapter One we discussed the development of health care technology by an industrial group. Health technologies can be seen to range from the simplest new variation on a previously standard medication to the development of an entirely new medication or device (Williams & Torrens, page 21). Cost-benefit analysis and other analytical techniques must be utilized along with clinical evaluations to keep technology in proper perspective (Williams & Torrens, page 363). Technological changes that have occurred in recent years recognize our greatest biological achievements (Williams & Torrens, page 363).

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