March 7th, 2012
Issues that affect health care delivery
When I hear the term “health care industry”, I imagine a system where there is access to diagnosis and care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all in need, from birth to death. According to Knickman and Kovner (2011), good health care is an essential foundation for being able to function in society and to enjoy life. People view health care quite differently depending on whether they are sick or well or whether they have adequate health insurance or not. The purpose of this paper is to locate an article within the past six months in a newspaper or current journal such as the Wall Street journal and summarize a social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue that could, or has affected health care delivery.
Identify the issue
Smoking-related illness and mortality is recognized as a social and economical issue that affects a spectrum of the population in the United States. The anti-smoking campaigns and advertisements over the years appeared to have helped some individuals quit smoking such as Steve Panetta who quit smoking after 34 years (Wall Street Journal, 2012). According to the Wall Street Journal article, despite the results from States-funded anti smoking campaigns, hard economic times have resulted in budgets for anti smoking efforts being slashed, and allocated anti smoking funds applied to other efforts.
Summarize the positive or negative affect the issue has on delivery of health care services
The negative effect of reduce funding are self evident. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, causing over 443,000 deaths in the United States each year, (CDC, 2011). Progress was made during the last forty years or so in reducing the use of tobacco, but during the last seven years, the reduction has stopped (LA Times, 2010). Based upon... [continues]
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