Turner: Health Care and Long-term Care Essay

1504 Words Jan 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Professional Development Paper 3
Michelle Turner
Aspen University
Health Care Systems
Dawn Deem
October 4, 2014
Professional Development Paper 3
Given the increasing longevity of Americans and the costs of providing long-term care, anticipation of the costs should be a major element of every family’s financial planning. Current information suggests however, that very few families or individuals give this consideration. What factors might impede this advance planning? What measures might be effective in raising awareness among Americans about this important matter?
Our aging population is the fastest growing proportion of the population in the United States. They are also the highest consumers in need of long-term services
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The health care industry in the United States is undergoing profound structural changes, which will alter the role the hospital and the physician play in rendering medical care. As this structure broadens and diversifies, alternatives to acute care hospitalization will become increasingly attractive economically. The more rapidly hospital costs escalate, the more rapidly these trade-offs will be forced by health insurers. Just as the rising price of oil increases the economic viability of substitute fuels, the rising price of hospital care will encourage growth of ambulatory services, alternative delivery systems, and aftercare for the nation's elderly. As costs increase, competitive pressures within the hospital industry will intensify to the point where many hospitals, perhaps hundreds, may be forced to close, and as many as several thousand others may be absorbed by large hospital management firms. Entrepreneurial opportunities will in many areas outside the hospital as well. These developments can only benefit the patient, because it will present him or her with an array of cost-effective, convenient alternatives for receiving health care. As competition for patients increases, both physicians and hospitals, as well as other providers of health care, will be increasingly interested in meeting the patient's needs.
The recipients of mental health services in the US represent only a small percentage of those in need of services. Discuss the

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