Thereis no doubt that the health care system determines the quality oflife that people have in this era that is marred with many chronicillnesses like no other time despite advancement in technology andknowledge. Health physicians and other personnel have done everythingin their power to ensure that people receive the best possible carewith an effort to increase the quality of life of patients and reducemortality rates. Nevertheless, there are various issues, which if notclosely monitored, risk the lives of American citizens.
Tobegin with, low nurse to patient ratio endangers the lives of clientsvisiting a health facility (NewYork State Nurses Association, n.d).Assume that you were in a particular hospital attending to patientsthat were close to ten and all needed your close supervision. Theoutcome of such care would be negative. First, as a nurse, you willbe strained, and you risk burning out. Eventually, you might forgetto deliver crucial medication or fail to take a patient’s complaintseriously. Recently, the New York Nurses were protesting that thenurse to patients’ ratio was low and is to be blamed for the poorpatient outcome(New York State Nurses Association, n.d).As a result, they wrote down a bill, which has passed all housesawaiting to be signed by the governor.
Moreover,the cost of care is rising with prescription drugs becoming soexpensive for the common citizen(Binder, 2013).Patients are struggling to afford a decent life, while at the sametime doing everything they can to acquire medication whose priceshave skyrocketed (Patel& Rushefsky, 2015).As a result, they opt to fulfill the basic needs such as food andhousing while they postpone their health issues. Subsequently, therehave been mergers and acquisition in this industry between insurers,which complicate things even further (Patel& Rushefsky, 2015).The effect of this is that independent clinicians and health carefacilities are pushed between a rock and hard place, some opting outof business and others being absorbed by big corporations. Theseorganizations are trying to get greater market share and boostingtheir bargaining power, giving them the ability to renegotiateinsurance prices, which will have the effect of making healthservices expensive (Binder,2013).The adverse effect would be a poor health outcome among citizens ascare will be affordable to only a few.
Furthermore,the growth technology in health care through utilization ofsmartphones to handle issues of patients increases the risk ofcyber-attack. If the data of this system is not secured, it willincrease the risk for poor quality outcome in health (Patel& Rushefsky, 2015).For instance, when medical data of a particular health facility ishacked and personal details exposed to the public, there will be alot of stigmatization to the victims whose information was leaked.Also, another patient will be afraid to use such services as theyavoid being victims of the same. As a result, people will continue tosuffer as they avoid seeking medical help for fear of being exposedand stigmatized(Patel & Rushefsky, 2015).
Muchhas been done to transform the health care system, but still thereare issues that endanger the quality of services that is beingdelivered to the patients. These are low nurse-patient ratios, highprices of drugs and big medical expenditure budgets coupled with poorpatient outcomes. There is also the fear of going digital withpatients’ medical data due to cyber-attacks. If we need to deliverhigh-quality patient care, there is need as a nation that we addressthese issues with prudence and swiftness.
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