Hca 240 - Week 9 - Disease Treads and the Delivery of Health Care Services

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Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
HCA/240
January 26, 2014

Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services Demographics and disease trends will influence health care delivery services in the future in many different ways. Not only will the current aging population affect the delivery of health care services because of its rapid growth, but also obesity. Obesity is one of the more serious problems facing our nation today, and will only get worse unless the implementation of programs to educate the public on the many health issues this condition can cause to prevent them from happening. Moreover, not only does the health care delivery system need to adapt in the future to provide quality care for
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As the life expectancy in the United States has increased, so has the added stress on our health care delivery system because of the massive amount of older people who will need help with chronic diseases as they age that will add to the already rising cost of healthcare (CDC, 2003). Furthermore, the younger generation of today predicts that they will be more educated when the reach retirement age and the population will be better educated, healthier, and culturally literate because of the generation they live with today, which has taught them many lessons on how not to treat your body (Jacobsen, Kent, Lee, & Mather, 2011). Unfortunately, this trend in aging will only increase the many health issues associated with getting older and will present huge challenges for the delivery of health care. According to the CDC (2003), the epidemiologic transition in regards to the leading causes of death, from infection disease and acute illness to chronic disease and degenerative illness already have been experienced by the developed countries located in North America, Europe, and the Western Pacific. For instance, diabetes causes excess illness and increased health-care costs, and affects about one in five people age 65 or older Thus, as the population gets older, the impact of this disease will grow with the largest increases expected among adults age 75 or

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