U.s. Healthcare Spending While Improving Quality Of Care

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Ways to Decrease U.S. Healthcare Spending While Improving Quality of Care “The United States spends a larger share of its gross domestic product (GPD) on health care than any other major industrialized country” (Healthcare Costs-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002). However, American’s health is not better than that of citizens of comparable countries. Health care in the U.S. is expensive for many reasons; newer technology, lack of standardized health plans, overuse of services, and highly paid medical professionals are a few. The identified concepts that would help reduce the cost of health care while improving population health. Changing the face of medicine in America from curative to preventative would reduce the cost of care in…show more content…
However, the ACA is not enough to fix the health care deficit. By implementing preventative care, EBM, and better home care; the expenses for health care will decrease and the overall health of Americans will improve. Improving the practice of health care in America from treating and curing diseases to prevention and education is a step in the right direction. Today, chronic diseases- coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma- are the nation’s leading causes of illness and death. Given the continued aging of the population, both the prevalence and costs of chronic disease will continue to rise. Much of the growing burden of chronic disease is preventable” (Orleans and Cassidy, 2011, p. 126). Primary care practitioners are at the forefront of teaching and giving patient’s tools in order to promote healthy habits. Educating, supporting and following up with patients in order to live a healthy lifestyle should be the focus of primary health. “The most effective interventions available to clinicians for reducing the incidence and severity of the leading causes of disease and disability in the United States are those that address patients’ personal health practices” (BRKHealthcare, p. 135). Incentives from insurance and government for preventative care is essential to change the current approach to medicine. Preventative health practices will lead to lower mortality and lower cost of care. Another approach
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