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Future Integrity of U.S. Healthcare: Internal & External Factors

- Identify dilemmas that threaten the future integrity of the U.S. healthcare system.
- Identify internal and external factors that impact hospital operations.

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One-sixth of the United States economy is devoted to healthcare. With an aging population this figure will rise. Yet, when you look at the burden of disease within the population it is clear to see the current system is not meeting the needs of the people. When looking at dilemmas potentially threatening the future integrity of the United States healthcare system, several factors must be explored. Generally, it is maintained the U.S. healthcare system is one of the best in world. However, disparities within the system have created several crisis points. Despite the availability of cutting edge technology and abundance of healthcare resources compared to other industrialized nations, large gaps in accessibility, affordability, and quality of services received continue to be problematic.

Insured vs. uninsured populations creates tremendous burdens on overused portions of healthcare facilities. For example, hospital emergency rooms are frequently used as primary care facilities for under or uninsured people. This creates a financial stress on institutions while not providing the patient with the level of care needed. Emergency rooms are designed to stabilize the patient's condition until the primary care or specialized physician can meet with the patient. This ...

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Integrity in healthcare is an essential part of service between healthcare providers and patients. Multiple factors influence the future of healthcare in the United States. To complicate matters, both internal and external factors play vital roles in healthcare delivery.