Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services

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Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
Ana Vega
HCA 240
January 29, 2012
Itta Aswad

Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services

It is amazing how much the health care delivery services have changed and improved over the years. Today, the health care systems have advanced by prolonging life expectancy and quality of life. Though, providing health care is not cheap and easy to do. Cost, accessibility, and quality is a challenge that they face in order to provide the people with healthcare. Learning and being aware of disease trends has definitely impacted our society in a good form. For example, there are organizations such as WHO and CDC that provide the nation with health care information to inform about diseases that can affect the population and how to prevent them. Instead of worrying about curing the diseases, now there are ways to prevent them before they even spread. Though, will these disease trends as well as demographics have an influence in health care delivery services in the future? If it is now being a challenge, what can be expected of health care delivery for the next-generation? Although some disease trends are preventable, it is impossible to not get any form of disease or illness throughout a life time; also there are many factors that can affect the health care delivery systems in many forms.

Aging for example plays a big role and can influence health care delivery in many forms. One of the fastest growing groups is those of older adults. Many adults are reaching the age of 65 faster than those that can work and help pay for health costs. “Baby Boomers” are what cause this impact and are affecting our health care delivery. Also, at this age elders are more prone to diseases and health problems and require more medical attention. In the next 10 to 20 years life expectancy will continue to increase and medical care will be needed even more. This is influenced by the increasing population of the United States. The increase in birth rates and decrease in death rates are factors that will affect the health care delivery system as well. As the population is increasing there will be more health care necessary. Also, although there is advanced medication and technology there will still be many diseases that will affect many elders and will require medical attention and treatment. Some of the diseases that older adults are prone to develop include diabetes mellitus, arthritis, congestive heart failure, and dementia. This is why the age trend is likely to increase health issues. It is a large population that will require health care and these facilities will need to advance which requires costs, accessibility, and quality. Many facilities such as Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare will be affected. Though, those of age can help prevent some of these diseases by changing their lifestyle to a healthier one. Physical activity as well as self-management of chronic disease is a good way to start being healthy. For example, although diabetes cannot be prevented, with proper care serious complications can be prevented. It is important to stay committed and do what is possible to control diabetes. Diabetes can be managed by learning all helpful information about this disease. Then this would include changing the lifestyle and making healthy eating and regular exercise part of a daily routine. It is important to stop smoking, keep a healthy and stable weight, and monitor blood sugar level. Staying up to date and getting regular check-ups and vaccines can really make a difference. Another disease that affects many adults includes Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). This disease has to do with the heart and the insufficient of blood that does not get pumped to the heart in order for the body to function properly. Other health related problems such as uncontrolled hypertension and artery diseases have an effect and can contribute to CHF. Though, congestive heart...
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