Medicare and Medicaid

7272023W2 Discussion 

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

Medicare and Medicaid

U.S. health care infrastructure is complicated. The main reason for its complexity is that the U.S. system is fragmented. Some nations manage health care through their governments, some rely on the private market with government subsidies, and some mix government-run care for low-income residents with a private system. The United States utilizes all three of these. A further complication is that treatment of patients and payment for treatment are managed by different groups of institutions. Despite high costs, the American health system’s performance is poor, a great source of concern. Arguably, it might be acceptable to have the highest health care costs in the world if they provided the best outcomes in the world, but they do not, although in many areas we do pretty well 

Watch the following CNN video: Obama Pokes Fun at ‘Don’t Touch My Medicare’ People

Explore the impact of Medicare on American Health

Include the following aspects in the discussion:

  • Summarize the major points in the Medicare analysis
  • Discuss the differences between Medicare and Medicaid

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0000W2 Discussion 2 

Each week, you will be asked to respond to the prompt or prompts in the discussion forum. Your initial post should be 75-150 words in length, and is due on Sunday. By Tuesday, you should respond to two additional posts from your peers. 

Cost and Healthcare

In a recent election, on a national debate stage, a political candidate declared that “no American has ever died for lack of health care”. It is true that hospitals are required by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), a federal law to stabilize and treat all patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. It is an unfunded mandate with hospital emergency rooms bearing the entire burden of the cost. Outside the boundaries of this act, un/underinsured patients surely do die for a lack of health care.

Have you or anyone you know been in this situation? How would someone feel if they were in a position where they could not afford treatment?  In the movie, “John Q”, John Quincy Archibald’s son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael’s only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John’s insurance won’t cover his son’s transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes extreme measures to save his son. While a compelling film, it is certainly from one point of view and sensationalized. Health care professionals must always be tasked with seeing all points of view with objectivity.

Question the impact of being uninsured.

Include the following aspects in the discussion:

  • Think of a time when you or someone you know did not seek medical care due to cost
  • What was the result?
  • Discuss if you would support paying more in taxes to have a national insurance program that covered every citizen

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