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Running head: FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA 1 Quality of Care, Support for Medical Care Delivery, and the Future of Health Care in the USA (Paper 3 Final) Anthony Salari (Primary): Quality, H.I.T. Daniel Bates: Intro, Conclusion Kevin Moore: Reform N.A.U
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FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA 2 Quality of Care, Support for Medical Care Delivery, and the Future of Health Care in the USA (Paper 3 Final) Introduction (D.Bates) Health care in the United States is undergoing a dramatic transformation, and forecasting what the future may hold is difficult to determine. In general, the current health care system is continuously exposed to a variety of factors that influence change, and in recent years, the primary driving factors that have influenced change were the advancements in health care technology and medical know-how (Knickman, 2015, p. 335). Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the “Patient Bill of Rights” strives to improve the overall health care delivery system while giving Americans the foundation to make informed decisions and ultimately give them the ability to take charge of their health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2015). In 2013, the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that health care spending in the United States accounted for 16.4% GDP while the average OECD spending was only 8.9% GDP (Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development [OECD], 2013). Unfortunately, the increase in spending doesn’t correlate to better health care. In fact, the average life expectancy for an OECD country was 80.5 years in 2013, while the average life expediency in the United States was only 78.8 years of age (OECD, 2013; OECD, 2015). Determining the balance between value and quality has been difficult since opinions vary, but the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines quality as “the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge” (Knickman, 2015, p. 258, 274)
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FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA 3 Additionally, the IOM identifies six dimensions of quality health care: (Knickman, 2015, p. 274) To better understand how the health care system works, one must be aware of the various components that make up the health care system. In the United States, the current health care delivery system encompasses a variety of services that include preventative services, acute care, rehabilitative care, and palliative care (Knickman, 2015, p. 184). Ensuring access to these critical components is crucial to the overall sustainability of the health care delivery system and ultimately the level of accessibility to these components will greatly influence the future of the health care delivery system in the United States. Two immediate areas of concern are preventative and palliative care. Currently, chronic diseases are directly responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths, and account for approximately 75% of the total health care expenditure in the United States (HHS, 2011).
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