Role of the Government in Hospital Growth and Decline.docx

Building hospitals is the first step to achieving

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Building hospitals is the first step to achieving universal health coverage. Ensuring that every citizen can afford health care is a daunting task because of the high cost of treatment. Moreover, getting insurance has also become a major problem to most citizens. The US government has come up with policies which are meant to make healthcare accessible to every citizen such as the Obamacare. The Obamacare initiative has led to millions of Americans who could not afford health insurance to be able to access healthcare, therefore, helping those in dire need of medical attention ( Seligman, 2018) . The Obamacare has also led to hospitals being revitalized to offer
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HEALTH CARE 3 better health services than before. For example, the introduction of “star ratings” which helps patients to know the best hospitals to seek medical attention. Furthermore, hospitals are forced to offer good services to improve their “star rating” which leads to attracting patients. The US government has also made hospitals for non-profit to be exempted from paying tax. The outcome of the initiative has led such hospitals to offer cheaper health services to its patients. In addition, the government has invested heavily in scientific research which entails finding cures to some prevalent diseases and evaluation of health technologies and practices. The addition of more health care workforce ensures that the ration between a health practitioner and the citizens is always low. Role of Government in Decline of Hospitals It is estimated by the year 2020 one in three hospitals in America will either close down or reorganize itself to a different type of health care provider (Houle & Fleece, 2013). For a
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