The American Healthcare System today is composed of both strengths and weaknesses. Major strengths of the American system are the advancement in medical technology, medical institutes, and the new wave of medical innovations. The new Telehealth system and the idea of treating more people in the community instead of the inpatient hospital setting is phenomenal in theory. The idea of the baby boomers living longer than the life expectancy is also an incentive based on the expectancy of this generation years before this new advancement in technology. On the other hand, the cost of healthcare and the rising number of uninsured Americans is disheartening. The reality of the steadily increase in the cost of healthcare and the children and elderly suffering from the effects is horrifying. In the mist of all it all, organizations are still asked to cut cost and find ways to save money. Just this week at work, a meeting was composed to discuss how to cut the budget by 10 million dollars and “unnecessary programs” will be cut from the budget in the process. The question is who assumed the programs are unnecessary? The patients and healthcare providers utilizing programs and consulting these services are unsatisfied with the decision being made by those not directly involved with the patient or services. Nonetheless, the government is changing along with the funding for both inpatient and outpatient services. In order for facilities to remain and majority of people to remain employed unsatisfying decisions must be made. I am curious and anxious to see the end result to this unsatisfying yet beneficial healthcare system we live in.
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