Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act ( Ppaca ) Essay

1108 Words Aug 28th, 2014 5 Pages
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Health care delivery in the United States has been under scrutiny both nationally and globally, and work is currently under way to improve the system. In 2010, President Obama signed into law The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which with time will restructure and rearrange the power of healthcare. The goal of this legislation is to transform healthcare from “late-stage, high intensity, illness focused, tertiary, interventional health service to a much stronger value driven focus on achieving the highest levels of health” (Porter-O’Grady, 2014, p. 65). The need for this change is based on many facts that have been surfacing since 2000. “In 2009, the United States spent 95% of health budget on treating disease and 3% on population based prevention” (Majette, 2011, p. 372). Inevitably the United States spends trillions each year and yet chronic and preventable diseases such as COPD and heart disease are escalating (Majette, 2011). The U.S. healthcare system ranked 37th in the world according to the World Health Report 2000, which reviews 191 national health care systems (Murray & Frenk, 2010). In 2006, the United States “was number 1 in terms of healthcare spending per capita but ranked 39th for infant mortality, 43rd for adult female mortality, 42nd for adult male mortality, and 36th for life expectancy” all far below other developed countries (Murray & Frenk, 2010, p. 98). Consequently, in 2010, in addition to the PPACA…

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