Essay The Affordable Care Act ( Aca )

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One of the main motivations in passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to provide healthcare options to general public in order to receive primary care services. While the public has gained greater access to healthcare, rural areas are still experiencing shortages of physicians and other healthcare professionals that can provide primary care services. Without the professionals to deliver primary care services, the options of obtaining healthcare services still remain the same in rural areas despite the goals of the ACA. In order to make primary care services available across the country, the distribution of physicians must be increased in rural areas.

Before the ACA was passed in 2010, there have been a disproportionate amount of physicians that practice in urban and rural areas, especially in primary care. The amount of physicians that practice in rural areas only totaled nine percent, while twenty percent of the population living in these areas (Shi & Singh, 2015). Rural areas normally contain higher amounts of patients that have more illness and lower incomes compared to urban areas, which creates the need for more physicians to care for these individuals. With the limited resources that are found in rural areas, patients will be required to travel greater distances to receive the healthcare that they require.

Another issue of disparity with the distribution of physicians is related to the specialties of physicians that practice within the United States. In the U. S.…

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