Us Healthcare Reform

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US Healthcare Reform and the Impact on Primary Care Physicians
Laura Garcia
ENG 122 English Composition II
Dr. Paula Porter
June 28, 2010

The new healthcare reform act recently passed will be fully implemented by 2014. Every person living legally in the United States will be guaranteed, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (PPACA), healthcare insurance. Across the United States, primary care doctors are already preparing for the full impact this will have on their practices. In keeping with the promise made by President Obama, physicians are already planning to increase their hours while trying to maintain patient care.

With this new legislation, there will inevitably be growing pains, for the
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If there is any hope of this happening the number of (PCP) ’s has to increase before 2014, otherwise the patients that cannot get into see their (PCP) will resort to the ER for their non-urgent health issues, just to receive treatment.

A cost analysis study was performed by the RAND Corporation and the results published on June 27, 2010. What they found was "Of all the proposals on the table that would expand health insurance to more Americans, the final health reform law included those that covered the largest number of people at the lowest cost to the federal government," said Elizabeth A. McGlynn. Medicare and Medicaid (2010, June).

The RAND corporation was also charged with analyzing the inner workings of the reform act, they where asked to evaluate the feasibility of the PPACA to see if it was structured differently would the cost to the federal government would be any less. A couple of possible scenarios that they reviewed and analyzed were; if employers with fewer employees were required to provide coverage or pay a penalty how would that influence the cost to our government. Medicare and Medicaid (2010, June). In essence, the RAND Corporation found in their study that by increasing the fine to $1,200 per person CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) could realistically insure an additional 4 million people per
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