U.s. Health Care System

1937 Words Nov 17th, 2015 8 Pages
Health Care

The U.S. health care system faces challenges and it is urgent that the American people become aware of these challenges. There are approximately 46 million Americans who are uninsured, and many insured Americans who face rapid increases in premiums have to pay out-of-pocket costs. As Congress and the Obama administration consider ways to invest new funds to reduce the number of Americans without insurance coverage, people must address shortfalls in the quality and efficiency of care that lead to higher costs and to poor health outcomes. If something is not done soon, there will be many more who will not have health care coverage that is affordable or they will be without coverage altogether.

There is evidence that Americans often do not get the care they need. This is alarming because the United States spends more money per person on health-care than any other nation in the world. Health care in the United State is not used as effectively as it should be used; this results in higher spending on complex and chronic diseases. Patients who suffer from hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes often do not receive the health care and effective treatments such as drug therapies or self management services to help them more effectively manage their conditions. People with these diseases need more than medicine; they need the treatment and health education to help them know and understand their disease and be able to live a more healthy lifestyle. This is true for…

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