Understanding Changing Population Trends Gives Planners Insight Into Future Social And Economic Challenges

811 Words Mar 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Healthcare decision makers rely heavily on population trend data sources such as private data collection, the U.S. census and some national probability surveys that are collected by the federal government to make decisions about how to properly allocate resources, and invest healthcare dollars for the country. Understanding changing population trends gives planners insight into future social and economic challenges as well as affords decision makers the ability to plan for the way that healthcare services and programs may be financed and delivered. According to Williams & Torrens (2008), “the dynamics of population are the most fundamental determinants of the need, demand, and use of healthcare services today.” While there are many trends that are followed; some of the most important to healthcare are age, sex, population size, demographic characteristics, births, and deaths rates because they provide a starting point allowing assessment of the current and future needs for healthcare services for the population.
Population trend data helps policy makers target funds and services related to healthcare. Changes in the structure of the population and proportions of persons in broad age groups give rise to public policy issues. Planning for social services such as hospital construction, health service’s needs, and service development for the elder population are driven from this data and its trends. Age data is vital because it serves as a source of information about aging…

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