Essay on The Healthcare System Is The Quality Of Care

1883 Words Dec 11th, 2015 8 Pages
Year 2010 marked a monumental advance in the U.S healthcare system; it was the year when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed. Although it was a huge advancement, the U.S healthcare system continues to struggle (Frakt & Carroll, 2013). One issue is that The Affordable Care Act only focused on expanding access to health insurance. Unfortunately, there are other major problems that are being addressed poorly and will continue to affect the expanding and rapidly aging population (Frakt & Carroll, 2013). One major problem that is affecting the U.S healthcare industry is the quality of care. It is expected that by 2030, many of these issues are addressed and that existing policies are revised or perhaps new policies are implemented to avoid more unpleasant consequences.
Health policies are a way by which many of these challenges can be address. According to the World Health Organization (WHO); health policies “refer to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society”. Policies are a key when targeting these issues because they “outline priorities and the expected roles of the different groups that will be playing an active role in achieving new standards of quality care” (2015).

One of the most difficult challenges the U.S is facing and that is targeting ineffectively is to improve the quality of care delivered in the U.S. A 2003 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported…

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