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In 2005, the county council and central government introduced a health care-guarantee which means that no patient should have to wait more than 90 days once it has been determined that care is needed. If the time expires, the patient is offered care elsewhere and the county council is responsible for the cost including the travel costs (Herzlinger, & Parsa-Parsi, 2004). The cantons across Switzerland play vital roles such as admission of providers, hospital planning and subsidizing the number of institutions and organizations. In addition, cantons and local authorities are responsible to plan hospital care according to local needs (bed requirements per population) and to compile a list of accredited hospitals that are entitled to receive reimbursements under the compulsory insurance (Herzlinger, & Parsa-Parsi, 2004). Cantons and local authorities finance a good portion of hospital funding. They are also responsible for hospital planning. About 75% of acute inpatient services are provided by public or publicly-subsidized privately owned hospitals. Also, hospitals receive funding from insurers inthe form of per diem rates or reimbursement by diagnosis-related payments. These rates are negotiated yearly at the canton level. Even though, Swiss health care system is expensive relativeto other countries; it has been acclaimed for achieving universal coverage, delivering high quality of care and high patient satisfaction (Reinhardt, 2004).Electronic Health Records
FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA14Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will improve in the way patient data is handled. In addition, the accuracy of patient information accessible with click in the system to make information related to diagnosis, medication, scheduling of patient-doctor appointments and maintaining data integrity. Second, the expenditure will assist the organization in lowering its daily operational costs as the number of employees employed to operate the manual filing system, and all the materials associated with it will no longer be required meaning that the facility’s expenses will be trimmed down by a large margin the effect of which is an increase in net profit revenue (Jha, et al, 2010). Dealing with patient data would be much easier given that time will be saved and keying in or retrieval of information will be much easier than when dealing with a paper -based system. The electronic health record offers the physician template application to click the information without writing each detail out. Also HER give physicians access to diagnostic procedure, lab results, and other consultation information.The patients are the consumers or customers in the health care organizations. The patientsdo benefit from an electronic health record system because the electronic health record makes information more accessible. If the health care organization is expected to improve in quality of care and reduce error in the patient setting they will need to implement an electronic medical record. To implement an electronic medical record, the organization will need to analyze the