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Changing Health Care Trends and Opportunities

In the past decade, U.S. health care has gone through many changes and has been influenced by new trends. Prior to the Affordable Care Act, many U.S. citizens were uninsured. Often, those without benefits only sought care in extreme cases, and then visited hospital emergency rooms for needed care. This drove up costs, as hospitals tried to recoup their losses of providing care to the uninsured, by raising prices.

With the Affordable Care Act, many more Americans are able to have health benefits. Those who previously did not get regular checkups and preventive care are able to do so. While some people don’t like the fact that they are required to be insured, this event should help reduce, or at least contain rising costs to an extent.

Some new technologies, such as guided surgical arms and telemedicine visits show promise. Image guided surgery can reduce the time for patients under anesthesia and make procedures less invasive. It is particularly useful for orthopedic procedures, where pins and screws must be inserted.

Telemedicine is a term used to describe any interaction between practitioner and patient that occurs remotely. Some patients may have office visits virtually, by conferencing with the practitioner online. More managed care organizations are paying for virtual office visits, in an effort to control costs.

One of the advantages of telemedicine is time savings. With more U.S. citizens seeking health care services, and an aging population needing more care, a shortage of primary care providers is expected. The ability to conduct virtual office visits can help reduce the burden on primary care physicians and other providers.

Health care today is complex, but begins with the basics of primary care and prevention. More efforts are being made to provide screening for a variety of cancers and other serious health issues, and develop meaningful health education programs.

16 Responses so far.

  1. Andrew says:

    I sure as heck have not seen any benefits from the Affordable Care Act. I still do not have any insurance. I have to start paying for dental insurance which is affordable even on my part time salary. I have been reading many articles touching on how little the uninsured actually know about the Affordable Care Act. Given that polling shows the law remains unpopular even as its component parts — with the notable exception of the individual mandate — are very popular, it seems they’re not alone.

  2. Sharon says:

    I have seen some of the changes to health care here recently that have been for the worse, my mom had knee replacement surgery and the machine they used to use to keep their legs moving at all times so they didn’t get stiff after surgery they stopped using because it was to expensive. This kind of thing is wrong and I attribute it to Obama care.

  3. Estella says:

    I agree that the costs were being driven up by the hospitals because people would wait to long before they got the care they needed due to the fact they had no insurance but the thing I don’t like is the fact with the affordable health care act you are being penalized on your taxes if you don’t have insurance therefore it doesn’t increase medical care is increases taxes yet again.

  4. Preston says:

    The costs of treatment shouldn’t matter if the patient is insured right? Why are the doctors and hospitals taking away things that drive up the cost that benefit the patient then if that is the case, I can tell you because the government doesn’t want to pay for it under the affordable healthcare act and they are letting the people suffer for it.

  5. Francis says:

    You may have already planned for how you will receive care as you age, but under health care reform you can take into account additional provisions for seniors, including valuable information about elder care and new, free health care benefits. If you reach a point where you require a range of medical services that a nursing home can provide – needing round-the-clock care for eating, taking medications and help getting in and out of chairs and in bed – your loved ones now have better resources to research and compare homes, as well as to report violations.

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