Disease Prevention And Health Promotion Analysis
Good afternoon, this is Ashley Bequette. I will be presenting my presentation over disease prevention and health promotion.
Disease prevention and health promotion should be the focus of all health care providers. Disease prevention is defined by Farlex as “Activities designed to protect patients or other members of the public from actual or potential health threats and their harmful consequences” (Farlex, 2009, p. 1). The definition provided by Farlex of health promotion is very similar and includes, “Any activity that seeks to improve a person’s or population’s health by providing information about, and increasing awareness of, at-risk behaviors associated with various diseases, with the intent …show more content…
Defining the Current Issue
The issue remains that the incidence of uninsured citizens remains high in the United States.
"41 million individuals were uninsured in 2013, prior to the start of the major ACA coverage provisions, and early evidence suggests that the ACA has reduced this number"(Kaiser Family Foundation, 2014, p. 1). The ACA has decreased the incidence of uninsured individuals in the United States, but this issue remains that many remain uninsured unable to afford health care services.
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that thirty percent of these uninsured individuals did not seek medical attention when needed in the year 2013 due to the inability to afford health care services (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2014). The problem that remains is uninsured individuals "are less likely than those with insurance to receive preventive care and services for major health conditions and chronic diseases" (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2014, p. 1). In return, this does not assist with disease prevention and health promotion in the United …show more content…
Another pro includes, there is an increased number of individuals have health care coverage. The ACA also promotes access to high-quality affordable health care.
Cons of the Affordable Care Act addressing the issue includes:
Individuals are required to pay more for health insurance than prior to Obamacare. While the ACA may benefit many Americans, citizens still struggle to pay the out of pocket cost of care. According to Renter (2014) "Among those seeking new plans under the ACA, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found 39% wound up paying more than with their previous plans” (Renter, 2014, p. 1). Another con includes the narrowing of networks for many insurers. Resulting in “Fewer healthcare providers are available for ‘in-network’ coverage. While these smaller networks may reduce costs overall, they leave consumers with fewer options to choose from" (Renter, 2014, p. 1).
The incidences of preventable health conditions are much too common in the United States. Therefore, health promotion and disease prevention should be a health care provider’s focus. Interventions and legislation should continue to be implemented to contribute to disease prevention and health promotion in United