August 23, 2009
*** Please discuss the effect of the characteristics of the US health care system on (1) access to health care, (2) health seeking behaviors of the population, and (3) provider behaviors. Please be sure to answer the questions from the perspectives of at least TWO of the characteristics identified in the module home page. ***
Some Americans say that we have the finest health care system in the world, while others think it’s astonishing that as a world leading country, we don’t have universal health care. Whichever side of the fence a person is on in regards to our country’s new health care reform bill, I think all can honestly say there is something wrong with our system. For the most part, American’s health care is based on having insurance. This means that unless you have insurance, you will have to pay out of pocket for treatment. Since most people cannot afford this, and some can’t even afford health insurance, this leaves people uninsured and without medical coverage. With that said, Americans with or without insurance focus on the quality of their medical care, and expect nothing short of the best. I don’t disagree with them, but doctors are not miracle workers. Here I will look at these two characteristics of the health care system in the U.S., and explain how they are related to the access of care, the health seeking behavior of the population, and health provider’s behavior’s towards their patients.
Access of care refers to the ease of a person getting the required medical attention they need (Rand corporation, http://www.rand.org/topics/health-care-access.html). Ease of access is a great comfort to anyone who has any medical concern that requires being seen by a provider. It’s also a necessity to people with chronic health issues, or someone who suffers a traumatic injury. The...