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The problem is faced on account of three basic reasons. These include: a.) Rising number of uninsured and underinsured people b.) Rising healthcare costs and c.) Differential access to healthcare with regard to people of color Implications of the problem on healthcare organizations and patients…
Evolution of the problem
The concerns regarding equitable provision of healthcare services across all sections of the society, regardless of any racial, social or economic bias, pose a critical challenge to healthcare providers across the globe. The ultimate goal of any effective healthcare system is equitable access to healthcare and provision of liberty and opportunity to access prompt medical assistance in times of need. Such policies and strategies are implemented in the form of public and private healthcare programs offered at various levels of healthcare coverage and through implementation of mechanisms to fund such services. However, despite measures taken to ensure equitable service delivery, there exist vast disparities within the system. Lack of access to health care has strong implications on the health outcomes of the population. People who are exposed to inequitable access to healthcare services are known to suffer from prolonged illnesses and have poorer health conditions as compared to those with proper access to healthcare services. In the U.S., a significant proportion of population is either uninsured or underinsured. Figure: Impact of socio-economic status on individual health Source: CDC Report, (2011) Pp. 6 The lack of health insurance has serious negative impacts on the patients as well as the society as a whole. This is because, people who are uninsured or underinsured are less likely to opt for preventive measures, thus leading to delays in treatment for chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension etc. ...
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