Health Care Accessibility

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Executive Summary

Reference list

The Problem with Healthcare Accessibility
1.Cost
2.Poor Access to Service
3.Lack of Insurance/Underinsured

The Cause of the Problem

Possible Solutions to Healthcare Accessibility

Group Recommendation

Executive Summary
Many families in America are facing difficulties obtaining health care. Access to healthcare means the timely use of quality delivered health care. If services are available and there is an adequate supply of services, then the opportunity to obtain healthcare exists, and a population may 'have access' to services. However, the extent to which a one 'gains access' also depends on financial, organizational and social or cultural barriers that limit the utilization of services. Therefore, access is dependent on the affordability, physical accessibility and acceptability of services (Pubmed.gov, 2002). In this paper we will discuss the problems with healthcare accessibility. By outlining the problems with healthcare accessibility, the cause of the problem with healthcare accessibility and possible solutions, we will discuss the reasons we believe healthcare accessibility has taken a turn for the worst.   References:

Pubmed.gov. (2002).What does 'access to health care' mean?. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12171751 Baehr, R. (2010, March). The Big Problem with Health Care Is Cost, Not Access. Retrieved from http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/the_big_problem_with_health_ca.html HealthPAC. (2012). Health Care Issues. Retrieved from http://www.healthpaconline.net/health-care-issues.htm Gallop.com.(November, 2010).Access Still Top Health Concern in U.S.; Gov't Role Gains Ground. Retrieved from http://www.gallup.com/poll/144776/access-still-top-health-concern-u.s.-govt-role-gains-ground.aspx HealthyPeolple.gov. (2012, February). Access to Health Services. Retrieved from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=1#Ref_04 Wikipedia.org. (February 2012). Timeline of the late-2000s global recession. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_late-2000s_global_recession Santiago, A. (2010, January). Health Reform May Lead to Significant Reduction in Physician Workforce. Retrieved from http://www.themedicusfirm.com/pages/medicus-media-survey-reveals-impact-health-reform Tavernise, S. (2011, September). Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on ‘Lost Decade’. The New York Times, p. D. Wolf, R. (2010, September). Number of uninsured Americans rises to 50.7 million. USA TODAY, p. B. Access to health services. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.healthypeople.gov Kitzhaber, J. (2004). Improving health care access: Finding solutions in a time of crisis. Retrieved from http://www.policyconsensus.org The Problem with Healthcare Accessibility

Most Americans are well aware of the many problems with the current healthcare system in the United States. Lack of access to affordable health insurance and rising healthcare costs is of great concern to many Americans. Many working families worry about getting sick or injured because they cannot afford health insurance or basic healthcare. Many individuals are turned away from insurance companies because of a pre-existing medical condition or illness. Others lose their health insurance when they are laid off from work or change jobs. (HealthPAC, 2012) The Cost Issue

While the President’s healthcare reform package concentrates on expanding access, cost keeps surfacing as one of the main problems. Since 85% of the population is insured, the primary concern for most of the currently insured is cost control, not expansion of access. The great majority of the population does not believe that the various reform bills are "paid for" (with Medicare cuts, tax increases, and new fees), regardless of what the OMB says and what the bills' advocates claim. (Baehr). Many economists and even Obama supporters agree that cost is the main issue It is...
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