Health Care Interview Paper

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Health Care Interview Paper|
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9/21/2012|

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I have Interview 3 separate individuals representing three generations my parents, my mother in-law, and my husband. First, Health care has various elements. The three main dimensions of healthcare include outpatient care, which deals with medical treatment that does not require hospitalization, inpatient care, which implies hospitalization, intensive care and monitoring, and long term care, which provide to people who need help on a regular basis with their daily activities and medical condition, but do not need the intensive and advanced care that characterizes inpatient care. A study of the role of inpatient care, its contribution to the overall health care process, and its transitional role, helps demonstrate not only the importance of inpatient care, but the inherent connections and interdependence between each of the dimensions that together comprise integral health care. In the interview with my mother I discovered that their health care coverage is provided by Tricare Prime (C.M. Hawley, telephone interview, September 21, 2012). This is a coverage that is provided for retired military service members who have served their time. The fee that they must pay in order to receive this coverage is $460.00 a year. Even though this is a small amount that is being paid in comparison to the general public, this coverage was promised to my father free of charge for the rest of his life and his spouses when he enrolled in the Army. This was the major complaint of the coverage they have. The coverage is available for them across the whole USA and available in select areas around the world. Patients usually visit providers on a military instillation with no fees, but on occasion they are able to see a civilian physician for a fee of $12.00. Lastly the praises that were made over the coverage was that Tricare always notified the patient of upcoming appointments that needed to be scheduled, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Healthcare is comprised of various dimensions. Three of the main elements include inpatient care, outpatient care, and long term care. Each of these has a particular role and function within the healthcare system. In an effective system, the three dimensions coexist and work together to distribute healthcare resources in the best manner for both the patient and the medical organizations. An in depth look into one of these dimensions – inpatient care – can be used to arrive at a better overall understanding of health care in general, and of the balance and interrelation that must be maintained between all three dimensions. Nature and Role of Inpatient Care

As the American Medical Center explains it, inpatient care is available for “patients requiring more intense and elaborate diagnosis and treatment” (Inpatient Care Service, 2007). Basic inpatient care includes critical care, urgent care, hospitalization, overnight monitoring, labor and delivery care, and treatments that require inpatient equipment. Inpatient treatment in general refers to any form of medical procedure or assistance in which the patient spends a night at the medical center, staying there for twenty-four hours or longer. Inpatient treatment can be further sub-categorized based on its purpose, intensity and duration. Inpatient care can be short term, as is the case when the patient is in the hospital for a couple days. This would be the case after some procedures in which the patient needs to be monitored following the treatment, but does not need long term intensive care. Inpatient surgeries are frequently an example of such short term inpatient care. Inpatient care can also be long term, when the patient needs ongoing medical assistance. In such cases, the patients can go to a residence where they are able to receive the medical care and monitoring they need 24 hours a day. Some hospitals are set up for long term inpatient care. There are also...
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