Running head: Analyze a Contemporary Health Care Issue
Analyze a Contemporary Health Care Issue
Grand Canyon University- HCA 240
January 18, 2015
Access to health care is a major forerunner in today’s health care talk. As health care costs rises there has been a wide number of policies to try and eliminate the rise in cost and increase access to health care services. Yet there are still many Americans that do not have access to health care services. There are three major reasons why American’s lack access to health care services; people lack the education and understanding of the nation’s health care system and it components, many people are plagued with pre-existing medical conditions that brand them “high-risk” and insurance companies will not insure them, because they fear they will lose out on profit, and lastly many people cannot afford health care coverage. With these components in place their access to adequate health care has become very distant. Individuals who fall into any of these categories are at risk for not obtaining necessary medical treatment, services, and procedures, which could ultimately save their lives, and prevent health care threats. The health care world has a broad number of not-for-profit health care organizations. Not-for-profit health care organizations are “organizations that give a special designation because they provide goods or services that result in needed community benefits and are exempt from paying most taxes (Cleverley O James, 2011).” Not-for-profit health care organization is exempt from almost all taxes, because they are expected to provide free or low-cost care for those in need (Lydersen, 2012). This means that not-for-profit health care organizations will provide goods and services to communities in spite of a patients ability to pay, this is because not-for-profit health care organizations money stays within the communities being serviced, nothing leaves it. All monies that a not-for-profit health care organization collects is used to reform access to quality care for the community. Not-for-profit health care organizations supply patients with a full range of care. Which includes patient education, preventative services, and medical treatments that helps improve the comprehensive health of the communities that are being serviced. These health care organizations help to manage and maintain positive health outcomes for each individual or community as a whole, by extending the access of health care services. Because the people within the community for the most part help make the decisions pertaining to the facility, by helping to determine positive ideas, and plans to improve access to health care. Usually those within the community have a vested interest in seeing the community grow within regards to health care and other community related subjects. Access to health care for the communities being serviced by not-for-profit health care organizations is their main goal. For-profit health care organizations are commonly known as “investor –owned organizations or hospitals. For-profit health care organizations can be defined as “ organizations whose profits can be distributed outside the organization and pay taxes (Cleverley O. James, 2011). A for profit health care organization provides health care to individuals and communities a monetary goal in mind “ how much will they be paid or how can they increase revenue for their investors.” In retrospect the priorities are being taken away from the patient and their family, and patient centered health care begins to decline. Patient centered care is an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. It redefines the patient/ provider relationship within the walls of our health care system (www.ipfcc.org, 2010). Unlike not-for-profit health care...
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