National Health Care Reform in US, Its Impact on Hospitals
Heidi A. Horner
New England College
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The national debate over health care reform in the US has been going on for decades. Although the debate continues, the landscape of health care in the US is certainly about to change as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) was enacted on March 23, 2010. Many politicians, economists, health care providers and average citizens have weighed in on the topic with opinions as diverse as the country. The question is, will this reform be the cure for our ills or a bad pill to swallow? This paper serves as an examination of the economic and social impact of reform on the system of health care services and the delivery of same. In order to know where we are going, it is vital to know where we have been, therefore the background of national health care is reviewed and hypotheses about the impact it will have on the hospitals are made. In concluding the discussion of health care reforms’ impact on hospitals, it seems as though there will be both positive and negative implications and outcomes. It is the author’s contention that there will be a need to reestablish guidelines for service and delivery as well as cost containment of health care services. It is likely that the country will see a new model of health care.
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE REFORM IN US, ITS IMAPCT ON HOSPITALS 3 In order to evaluate the present and plan for the future, we must understand the past. The philosophy applies to health care reform. According to Ramachandran (2010), the idea of national health insurance emerged around 1915 when the American Association for Labor Legislation attempted to introduce a medical insurance bill to some state legislatures. These attempts were not successful, and
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