The debate about where individual responsibility ends and social responsibility should begin continues. Medicaid is shouldering an ever-increasing burden of cost for long-term care for the elderly, with enormous impacts on state budgets throughout the nation.
- Discuss alternatives to ease this drain on Medicaid resources.
- Discuss some of the strategies used for health care reform in the United States. Explain whether these strategies have been effective or not. Explain the answer thoroughly.
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Medicaid is health program in the United States which was established to serve the needs of those individuals and families in the society with low income and limited resources. The program is jointly funded by the federal and the state government but operating under the management of the states. It has the duty to serve poor U.S citizens who can not afford medical cover and legal permanent residents who are inclusive of the low-income adults and their respective families. People with disabilities who are U.S citizens and meet the program's criteria also qualify for the offered medical services. Some of the services offered by the program include the following; prenatal care, outpatient hospital services, inpatient hospital services and the home health care for elderly parents (Day, 2011).
Since Medicaid program is designed to provide professional health care for low-income persons and families, the elderly parents fall under this category. The elderly people are among the recipients of the Medicaid health care services. The enrollment to this reputable health insurance program has doubled in the passed 15 years serving a population of 47 million Americans in the year 2011. It has been approved that the program is spending more on the long term care per recipient for the old age group (65 years+) than for any other group. This has led to a negative impact on the state budget which funds the health insurance program.
Millions of elderly individuals in the United States have a lot of broad health care needs but most of them lack proper income or savings that will cover for their health care costs. It is evident that the elderly long term care is quite costly and leads to the draining of the resources of the Medicaid program (Save Time, ...
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