Health Care Reform Case Study

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The healthcare in the United States contains some good benefits to the general population, but several areas of the healthcare system need reformed. Every year, thousands of people visit the emergency rooms at local hospitals. In 2011, 79.7 % of patients reported the inability to gain access to a health care provider in an outpatient setting as the reason and uninsured clients were a large majority of that number (Gindhi, Cohen, & Kirzinger, 2012, p.1). This leads to overcrowded emergency rooms treating non-life threatening ailments. The hospital cannot recoup the cost of treating these patients and so, a trickle-down effect occurs. Most uninsured individuals cannot afford the new healthcare plans even with assistance from the government.