TRANSITION AND GROWTH OF THE U.S. HEALTH CARE 7
HistoricalTransitioning and Growth of the U.S. Health Care System
Therehave been tremendous changes in the health care system of the U.S.for it to become what it is in the present. This has been majorlymade possible by the improvements in the technology sector andinterests by the departments in the health industry to financeprojects designed to improve the health care industry. However, thistransition has been met by challenges and complexities such aschanging demographics and emergent diseases. This paper presents adiscussion on the above cases as well as an examination of the majorfluctuating and daunting challenges in the health care management.
Milestonesin the past and present shaping and transitional dynamics resultingin changes in the health care industry
Thestructure of the health care system of the U.S. has changed over thepast years. The transitions and changes in the health care systemsand operations were basically initiated to come up with a betterquality, efficient and effective patient care. The key milestonesinvolved in the past and present shaping and transitional dynamicsbehind changes in the present health care industry revolve aroundtechnology and improved and efficient services at relatively lowprices affordable to ordinary citizens. The changes in the healthcare systems and practices include adoption of strategies thattransform the services which ensure not only improvement in theservices but also a reduction on the costs incurred (Reid, 2009). Theapplication of these strategies has also ensured that the needs ofthe patients and families are satisfied in a better way. The changesin the current health industry has also been contributed byincorporation of preventive services self-management support in themedical services, empowerment of all clinics staff to makesuggestions and help in the implementation of effective changes,development of leadership designed for change and qualityimprovement, and involvement of health care facilitators to assist inthe process of the change within the health industry.
Importanceof financing and technology in the health care industry
Technologyand finances play a critical role in the redesigning of thehealthcare industry. Technology come a long way in containing costs,improvement of access of health care facilities, and saves lives ofpatients. Technology has contributed to improvement of quality oflife by coming up with equipment that ensure minimal invasivesurgeries, efficient monitoring systems, and comfortable scanningequipment allowing quicker recovery to patients. An improvement ofthe technology has ensured the introduction of electronic medicalrecords which are easily accessible to doctors (Karen, 2010). Thiswill help the doctor analyze the history of the patient and thusadministration of the right and effective medication. Mostimportantly, patient care is safer and more reliable with informationtechnology because doctors can confirm the patient’s history andmake a confirmation before administering medications to ensure it isthe right one. Technology has also made doctors easier to reach andmore efficient in their jobs. This is because with technology,doctors can easily access a variety of medical references or useemails, texts, conference facilities, and videos for consultationwith colleagues across the world (Geeta, 2013).
Financingis a very key in the improvement of the healthcare sector. Thetechnological advancements which are very important in offeringimproved medical care services can only be available if there isfinancing to the healthcare industry (American psychologicalassociation, 2014). Financing will also ensure that the healthcarefacilities are equipped with the relevant facilities aimed atoffering the best medical facilities. The healthcare industry willalso be in a position to employ skilled medical practitioners withenough financing to the industry thus ability to offer good medicalservices.
Primarycomplexities and integrated social dynamics associated with changingdemographics and emergent diseases.
Changingdemographics and emergent diseases have been a serious headache tothe healthcare industry. Changing demographics come alongsideincreased chronic ailments. This translates to an increase in thefinancial burden federal programs. Besides that, the change indemographics as the American population ages means that primary caregivers in the healthcare industry will not be available to offer theservices. Emergent diseases on the other hand implicate thehealthcare industry because they imply an increase in the financesset aside for the healthcare industry as the industry tries to comeup with technology and medication to counter the emergent diseases.For instance, over 75% of the health care expenses in the U.S. stemfrom emergent chronic diseases which are attributed to socialdynamics and changing demographics.
Majorfluctuating and daunting challenges in health care management thatmortality trends and an aging Baby Boom generation predicate
BabyBooms constitute a significant part of the U.S. population. The agingBaby Booms are likely to impact the health care management in anumber of ways. The population of aging Baby Boom is increasing at analarming rate, and as they age, they will need more health careservices. Again, there is an increasing prevalence of the chronicdiseases among the Baby Booms which is likely to increase more asthey age. The generation also has different needs and expectationsrequiring more financial base for their management. Mortality trendson the other hand have been observed to rise in the past. This showsthat the health care management will experience challenges inallocating more finances to come up with more medical services andtechnologies to ease the problems associated with Baby Boom.
Thehealthcare industry in the U.S. has undergone changes as thestakeholders in the industry desire to provide better medicalservices and improve the quality of life of the citizens. Investmentin technology and financing the industry is of great importance inachieving the desired improvement. However, the changes indemographics and emergent diseases have presented a hitch andcomplexities as the healthcare industry progresses. The industry alsoexperiences challenges, mostly predicated by mortality trends andaging baby boom generation, as they try to better their services.
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