An Introduction to the Past American Nursing: An Introduction to the Past Professional nursing holds a unique place in the American health care system. Working independently and with other health care professionals, nurses promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. Millions of Americans turn to nurses for delivery of primary health care services, health care education.
Back to Top Emerging Issues in Access to Health Services Over the first half of this decade, as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of20 million adults have gained health insurance coverage.
In addition, data from the Healthy People Midcourse Review demonstrate that there are significant disparities in access to care by sex, age, race, ethnicity, education, and family income.
These disparities exist with all levels of access to care, including health and dental insurance, having an ongoing source of care, and access to primary care.
Disparities also exist by geography, as millions of Americans living in rural areas lack access to primary care services due to workforce shortages. Future efforts will need to focus on the deployment of a primary care workforce that is better geographically distributed and trained to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations.
Specific issues that should be monitored over the next decade include: Increasing and measuring insurance coverage and access to the entire care continuum from clinical preventive services to oral health care to long-term and palliative care Addressing disparities that affect access to health care e.
Access to Health Care in America. National Academies Press; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May Insurance coverage, medical care use, and short-term health changes following an unintentional injury or the onset of a chronic condition.
Self-assessed health status and selected behavioral risk factors among persons with and without healthcare coverage—United States, The medical home, access to care, and insurance.
Provider continuity in family medicine: Does it make a difference for total health care costs? The importance of having health insurance and a usual source of care. The timing of preventive services for women and children; the effect of having a usual source of care.
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Oxford University Press; Contribution of primary care to health systems and health. A national profile on use, disparities, and health benefits.
Partnership for Prevention; Aug.health issues, in the United States, federal and state legislatures are critical in shaping not only overall health care, they are involved in negotiations over technical elements of health care such.
Health insurance—a method for paying for health care—began to displace the provision of health care as a primary goal for organized labor.
Although union members often formed an insurer's subscriber base, labor's participation in the fight for health insurance often was stormy.
Health has always been a fundamental social concern, but apprehension over health issues has escalated in recent years in the wake of extensive media coverage of disease outbreaks, the rapid spread of infectious diseases around the world, growing evidence of the health impacts of exposure to the by-products of industrialization, and anxieties about the availability and affordability of health.
The Future of Health Care in the United States. will increase to , ten years could equal percent. However, that number is forecasted with no change in economic stimulus .
Industrialization had a major impact on women and family life. Women who could not afford servants had always worked, but mostly with the family. Early into industrialization, most young women who sought paid employment became domestic servants in spite of the low wage, drudgery, and risk of sexual abuse by male employers.
Professional nursing holds a unique place in the American health care system. As members of the largest health care profession, the nation’s million nurses work in diverse settings and fields and are frontline providers of health care services.