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Health Care Access Options Health Care Access Options Kirsten Lind HCS/490 Healthcare has drastically changed over the last decade, but the last 7 years has really thrown a huge curveball. In 2010 President Obama signed the ACA (affordable care act). “This
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Health Care Access Options comprehensive, health care reform legislation includes numerous provisions, including measures to create health insurance exchanges, mandate that individuals buy health insurance, broaden Medicaid eligibility, and raise the maximum age of dependent health insurance eligibility. A goal of the ACA is to curb the escalating costs of health care delivery, optimize resource utilization, eliminate waste, and improve the quality of service delivered by the health care system.” (Sasson, 2012) There are a multitude of factors such as cultural demographics and generational needs that have an affect on the healthcare landscape. There are also an endless amount of places to receive medical attention from immediate clinics to physician's offices; each with their own demographic being targeted in marketing. Social media has also played an irreversible role in how the healthcare industry does its business as well as on how consumers choose their plans and facilities. Changes in the healthcare system are numerous, including technology, insurance, ACA, how consumers view their healthcare choices, and ultimately how and where consumers are receiving health care. There has been a dramatic shift from acute care to wellness and preventative care. Physicians and consumers have begun to understand the importance of receiving preventative care and taking care of their bodies before they have larger issues such as emphysema, diabetes, or heart disease. This not only cuts costs for the consumer but also the insurance companies. With these changes we now have more options on how to receive healthcare than ever before. For instance, a consumer can now use an online platform to receive preventative as well as small emergency care from a physician without even making an appointment such as Providence Virtual Express Care. All they need to do is sign up, select a provider, and receive care for things like common ailments, common colds, women’s health, and
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