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The cost of coverage who has it and who does not are

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“The cost of coverage – who has it and who does not – are topics that individuals and families feel most acutely. When most people think of the ACA (Affordable Care Act), what comes to mind are the individual and employer mandates, Medicaid expansion, and other key provisions related to coverage” (Miyamoto, 2017). As Poplin states, “In the twenty first century, it will be difficult and expensive to provide universal health insurance, and even that may not guarantee what we ultimately want and need, universal health care” (2008, p. 516).
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Review of Literature: Healthcare Industry and Reform 11 Overall healthcare spending in the U.S. is unmaintainable. “As with the housing bubble, the fundamental economics cannot support the status quo, and yet many healthcare thought leaders and politicians dismiss claims of a healthcare bubble as ‘doom and gloom’” (Kaufman, 2001, p. 167). We must come up with a more cost effective solution while improving quality and finding common ground. Employer Effect and Competition There are probably many examples of employers and industries trying a different approach to healthcare reform and how they can be effective while saving money. McLaughlin took a different approach in his article around disruptive change and behaviors. “Industries are said to have established patterns of relationships that dictate competitive and operations behaviors. Testing a new idea tells people in the organization that they can still be creative and progressive despite constraints” (McLaughlin & Militello, 2015, p. 162). An example of a company with disruptive approach, states McLaughin & Militello, Allina Health in Minneapolis, which has established the Division of Applied Research as an instrument for fostering positive disruptions both within the organization and within its regional community. In one project, the organization developed a quality improvement boot camp course that has yielded rapid and meaningful changes in care delivery. Small groups of clinicians, staff members, and people from outside the organization assemble project ideas and work through their implementation. Allina monitors the results of these projects to continue to refine the boot camp course. (2015, p. 162)
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Review of Literature: Healthcare Industry and Reform 12 While employers and managers can be overwhelmed by every day daunting tasks, it’s important that they focus on the rapidly changing world around them by being agile and innovative in their space. A focus on simple ways to boost daily well-being with intercompany preventive or well- care programs, including lifestyle changes, to improve lifelong health would be a start at reducing overall medical costs. Political & Government Involvement According to Argenti, “Government and business in the United States tend to have an adversarial relationship” (p. 231). So how is it that all reform is at the top of every political agenda since the mid-1900s. Can government be trusted to do what is right by regulation amongst the healthcare industry? Many political action committees (PACs) have been formed to lobby both sides of the healthcare debate.
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  • Spring '10
  • Dr.Thomas
  • Health care in the United States, Healthcare Industry and Reform

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