Us Healthcare System Reform

3191 Words Feb 20th, 2013 13 Pages
Topic: U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM REFORM
Course Project
T. Wise
DeVry HSM 534 Health Service Finance
February 23, 2013 Week 7
Professor Alison Williams

Background
The United States, being the most diverse society in the world, has a long and unsuccessful history of attempts at healthcare reform. We spend almost $2 trillion dollars per year on healthcare, yet not all American people have medical coverage (Barton, 2007). A huge percent of the population have to rely on outside sources, such as benefit health care from an employer or from government programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid. As compared to other nations, our society has people that are more overweight, live under more stress, and are less in physical
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Reforming the system, like any major redesign project of change, would be difficult to implement. We see this example today as Congress and super-committees cannot even agree on budget reform. Likewise, many in Congress have different views of health care, thus preventing any type of effective reform.
The increase of expenses - As politicians continue their dissension amongst each other, the situation is worsening in our healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization, to achieve universal health coverage, countries need a financial system that enables people access to all types of health services without incurring financial hardship (Carrin, Mathauer, Xu, & Evans, 2011). This idea would be the foundation of innovative ideas that the U.S. could reform its healthcare system, but too many ideas are sabotaging any valid efforts. In the mean time, the U.S. healthcare system continues to deal with issues such as the increasing uninsured Americans (over 49 million), expensive administrative procedures and the inability to measure the accuracy of quality of care, access of care, and the increasing healthcare spending and financing that limit our ability to efficient utilize resources.
Literature Review
Is U.S. Healthcare deteriorating? - One must ask the question of healthcare stability into the future and analyze if the U.S. healthcare system is improving or deteriorating. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau reported:
* The number of uninsured