HCM 300 – Healthcare Principles and Practices
Colorado State University – Global Campus
Dr. Karleen Yapp
January 21, 2013
Top Healthcare Priorities
Cost, quality and access are the top three healthcare priorities. And the main focus of healthcare reform is to lower the cost, improve the quality and access of the healthcare. On March 23 of 2010 President Obama signed into the law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This document cased many questions and divided the country into the supporters and non-supporters of this document. To the matter of fact, the survey of medical students was held to analyze their response and overall attitude toward the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. And that survey showed that 47.7% were unsure if the reform would improve the quality and access, while the rest of the respondents surveyed divided between 31.4% who agreed that Affordable Care Act will improve quality and cost, and 20.9% disagreed that this document will improve the current healthcare situation. However the need for healthcare reform in the United States was inevitable. While the number of uninsured and underinsured continues to grow, and almost fifth of the country’s economic resources are spent on the healthcare, the outcomes of healthcare are getting worst compared to the countries that spend half less per person on the healthcare, according to the Commonwealth Fund annual report (2011). Now the health care reform can redirect these trends and place the country on the way to successful health system that will provide high quality with affordable cost and better access. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that promotes a high performance health care system providing better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency. The Fund’s work focuses particularly on society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly...