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Government regulation with allow for many of the safeguards that exist with ACA and willgo further in protecting the insured. Increasing premium costs would be a nonissue and deductibles will be capitated. Moreover, the limited role of private insurance would break the corporate dominance in healthcare that exists with a private insurance driven system (Himmelstein & Woolhandler, 2003). A savings account model will be used in a supplemental capacity. Citizens will place funds in an online account periodically and the funds can be used to pay for any non-covered expenses. Systems like this have created positive results in countries like Singapore. This population invests their own money towards healthcare through a program called Medisave. This often makes the people in Singapore more health conscious and the citizens tend to make more responsible choices regarding healthcare (Gantz, 2012). Through a supplemental system like this in the United States, an atmosphere could be created that would foster better health practices and improved healthcare choices. Public funds generated by the government is what finances the single payer system. In other words, this is financed through taxes. An increase in taxes through new taxes would be necessary for this system to come to fruition. However, the taxes would be offset by the fall in premiums. Moreover, the increase in taxes may not be high as anticipated since over 1/2 of healthcare spending was already being supported by tax dollars (Himmelstein & Woolhandler, 2003).
FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA25Conclusion (D.Bates)The U.S. health care system is undergoing a major transformation, and while significant enhancements have been made to the existing health care delivery system over the last 5 years, it hasn’t been without obstacles. Unfortunately, the implementation of the ACA has been slowed due to varying opinions at the federal level (Knickman, 2015, p. 335). The realization that the current health care model in the United States is not sustainable raises concerns regarding the overall organization and financing about the future of health care that require public policy development (Knickman, 2015, p. 335). The public health system includes a large network of private, public and volunteer organizations and ensuring that health care is delivered in a manner that encourages the use of integrated health technology to ensure that providers are pursuing team-based care models is essential in providing quality care (Knickman, 2015, p. 168-169). Figure 1 identifies the public health system stakeholders.(Figure 1. The Public Health System. Retrieved from:)In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have established three core functions within public health, and the 10 Essential Public Health Services are incorporated into these core functions. The three core public health functions and the 10 essential services are illustrated in Figure 2.
FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN THE USA26(Figure 2. Public Health Core Functions and 10 Essential Services.