May 25, 2015
In my opinion, I believe the health care system has become an “out of control” business. The prices for health care have become outrageous and the quality of care that you receive has declined. I feel that every employer should have to provide every employee with some level of healthcare. They may change the coverage for full-time versus part-time but some level of care should be provided. People are now paying a fee/fine when they file their taxes if they do not have health care coverage. How is this fair to the people that do work but still cannot afford coverage? I also believe that the government makes the welfare system too easy for its recipients. They need to make the employers provide coverage to all employees and at the same time make these welfare recipients go find a job, even if it is part-time.
Doctor bills, hospital bills and other expenses have gone through the roof. Middle class cannot even afford the co-pays and deductibles anymore, yet they take money out of our paychecks every week for health insurance. There was a time when I really needed medical assistance for a 6 month span in between jobs. I applied and was denied. I have paid into the tax system for almost 25 years but I was denied temporary coverage. Yet an individual that does not work or that cannot hold a job applies and is granted welfare health care. The health care system as a whole has become very unfair to those of us who do work and who really need the coverage. We are consistently taxed and forced to pay for health care while others get a free ride!
Optum Health Care Solutions Webb stated (2012), “We now have many more physician offices than gas stations in the U.S., contributing to high costs, varying quality and fragmentation of health care” (p. 20). There are multiple health care facilities being built in each town, therefore, the consumer is choosing a facility that is closer to their home rather than investigating which physician is best for them. After the fact, they then discover that this physician does not suit their needs and they move on to try another facility. Also, many consumers by-pass their primary care physician and go right to a specialist. Both of these circumstances end up costing the consumer, employer, and the insurance company more money than necessary. I feel the information in this source is reliable and I believe the author is credible. Consumers do tend to stay closer to home and they also choose facilities that look nicer because they feel the “nicer” facilities have better physicians. Many consumers do skip seeing their primary physician and go right to a specialist because they feel the specialist has better knowledge of that particular field.
Health Care Systems According to Kreidler (2015), “A health care system is an organized collection of individuals and organizations that provide for the access, financing, and delivery of medical services to individuals” (p.2). There are 3 components that make up the health care strategy; the who, the what and the where. “The who” is defined as the person providing the care. This can range from your primary care physician, a specialist, an herbalist, and even a psychologist or social worker. “The what” is the type of health care being provided to the consumer. Short term care would be a routine or sick visit where you are seen and cured. Long term care would be categorized as