Health Care Museum
Latosha Harris HCS/235 04/08/2013 Ronald Barredo
Health Care Museum Health care is growing and as the curator of The Health care Hall of Fame Museum, we would like to pay tribute to the five most significant developments in the evolution of healthcare in the United States. In 1973 the Health Maintenance Organization Act supported the development of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) through grants for federal projects. An HMO is an organization in charge of the financing and delivery of nearly all health services to an enrolled population for a prepaid, fixed fee. HMOs were expected to hold down costs by changing the profit incentive from fee for service to promoting health and preventing illness(Benchmark Developments In U.s. Healthcare, 2003). The past decade has seen enormous declines in deaths and health care costs associated with vaccine preventable diseases. New vaccines, rotavirus, herpes zoster, and human papillomavirus vaccines were introduced. A recent economic report indicated that vaccination of each U.S. birth statistics with the current childhood immunization schedule prevents about 42,000 deaths and 20 million cases of disease, with net savings of nearly $14 billion in direct costs and $69 billion in total societal costs(NIC,2011). Evidence based screening recommendations have been created to reduce mortality from colorectal cancer and female breast and cervical cancer. Through the efforts of federal, state, and local health agencies, professional clinician societies, not-for-profit organizations, and patient advocates, standards were developed...
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