Experts agree–the U.S. has achieved the most technologically advanced medical care system in the world and it provides the highest quality, most comprehensive medical education available. Can we conclude that our health care system is one of America's success stories? It appears–we cannot. However, amid growing concern over our health care system, there is far less agreement on what to do about it. Jennie Kronenfeld addresses major health care controversies confronting American society, health care professionals, and policymakers. This intriguing book focuses on the overlapping area between policy sciences and health care studies, particularly the cost, access, and quality of health care. Kronenfeld discusses whether our system can solve its problems, or whether we have a health care “system” at all. Do we have a national health care “policy,” or a web of state, county, and city policies? And, what of fundamental changes being adopted in the midst of the controversies surrounding reproductive health and abortion, mental health and behavioral health, disease patterns/physical health/AIDS, aging and long-term care, as well as the professions and facilities who provide care? A provocative examination of these important issues, Controversial Issues in Health Care Policy is essential reading for students of policy studies, health services, and sociology, as well as for policymakers, and health care professionals.
Chapter 9: Access to Health Care Services and Suggestions for Health Care Reform
Access to Health Care Services and Suggestions for Health Care Reform
The issue of access to health care services and the related issues concerning health care reform are becoming the major issues in health care today. Obviously, the issues of access to care, provision of uncompensated care, and system reform are not new issues for the health care system to confront. At the beginning of this book, we discussed the overused term health care crisis. One important factor people consider in describing a current crisis in the U.S. health care system is the issue of access to care.
Over the years, there have been many debates about what the basic rights are that a society owes ...