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Week 4 DQ 1 Questions: What is your evaluation of the effectiveness of the U.S. health care system in the context of delivery, finance, management, and/or sustainability? What are the issues that prompted a need for health care reform? Support your answer with a credible data reference. Do not use a reference already used by another student. Answer: A satisfactory health care system is supposed to provide people with effective health care, so that most of its citizens can enjoy a high-quality life, with maximized social equality and minimized total medical expenditure. The health care system is influenced by development of biomedical research. Investing in medical research can help develop new drugs, revise therapies, and improved the operational efficiency, and improve the quality of patient’s life. The U.S. healthcare system is very complex and hard to understand. Our national health expenditures in 2016 was $3.3 trillion or 17.9% of our gross domestic product, which is an increase of 4.3% from previous year (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2016). As the population age with more baby-boomers retiring, healthcare expenditure will continue to rise. People with sufficient income have the ability to pay for health insurance, but people who live in poverty do not have access to quality healthcare. Resources to care for individuals are readily available but the poor cannot afford it or have inadequate insurance coverage to allow them access to healthcare. The poor and people who live in rural area do not have easy access to healthcare because of their location and available funds. According to Slaback (2018), “the ratio of physicians to patient is 1 to 2500”. People who live in large urban areas have easier access to clinics and community health centers. Some of the issues that prompted the health reform was the delivery of basic health care was unavailable for the citizens from low socioeconomic areas. Insurance was dropping patients due to their current or pre-existing conditions because they were too costly to cover (U.S.
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