Problems With the U.S. Healthcare System

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What Seems To Be The Problem? A discussion of the current problems in the U.S. healthcare system. The U.S. healthcare system is very complex in structure hence it can be appraised with diverse perspectives. From one viewpoint it is described as the most unparalleled health care system in the world, what with the cutting-edge medical technology, the high quality human resources, and the constantly-modernized facilities that are symbolic of the system. This is in addition to the proliferation of innovations aimed at increasing life expectancy and enhancing the quality of life as well as diagnostic and treatment options. At the other extreme are the fair criticisms of the system as being fragmented, inefficient and costly. What are the problems with the U.S. healthcare system? These are the questions this opinion paper tries to propound. Introduction The U.S. expends far more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet we get fewer benefits, less than ideal health outcomes, and a lot of dissatisfaction manifested by unequal access, the significant numbers of uninsured and underinsured Americans, uneven quality, and unconstrained wastes. The financing of healthcare is also complicated, as there is no single payer system and payment schemes vary across payors and providers. National health systems are assessed by the extent to which expenditure and actions in public health and medical care contributes to the crucial social goals of improving health, increasing access to quality healthcare, reducing health disparities, protecting citizens from penury due to medical e... ... middle of paper ... ...nal study. The American Journal of Medicine 122(8): 741-746. Koechlin, F., L. Lorenzoni and P. Schreyer (2010), Comparing price levels of hospital services across countries: Results of a pilot study, OECD Health Working Paper, No. 53, OECD Publishing, Paris. Murray, C.J.L. & Frenk, J. (2010). Ranking 37th – Measuring the performance of the U.S. health care system. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910064 The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2011). Health care spending in the United States and selected OECD countries. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://www.kff.org/insurance/snapshot/OECD042111.cfm The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2011). Five Facts About the Uninsured. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://www.kff.org/uninsured/upload/7806-04.pdf
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