United States of America just like any other developing or developed country is faced with many problems; this might be as a result of poor management of the available resources or the global financial crisis that is currently affecting the world today.
This problems cut across all the sections of the country’s ranging from the economic political and social sectors, and these aspects have adverse effects on the citizens of the country, the most critical sector that faces a lot of challenges is the medical/health sector, this is the most critical section that determines the productivity of the nation.
According to a research that was conducted in the United States of America in efforts aimed at finding the public views on the health system (Pentecost, 2006). It became apparently clear that majority of the American adult population doesn’t have faith in the American health system, the estimation from the research revealed that 8 out of 10 American adults between the ages of 18 and over have loosed /or don’t have trust at all in the American health system. Another section of the American population wants reforms to be implemented in the American health scheme, that will improve the way the existing one is operating Or run.
The research also indicated that American citizens have loosed trust in the American health care system because of involvement of the medical sectors leaders’ in negative media publicity, including negative news like, Fraud and abuse, medical malpractice amongst other negative publicity (Hcfan, 2010). Other aspects that have resulted to the resentment of the medical sectors include aspects like Rising medication costs, uneven quality of service provision, and limited access to the medical services.
How Perception Was Shaped by the Insurers
The perception that is constantly raised by the public on aspects concerning the American health system has risen to varied reactions from the stake holders in that field, one player in that section are the Health Insurers. This is a section of people or companies that provide health services, and this is by offing their customers with medical cover at a subscription fee that the customers is charged on a monthly, quarterly or annually depending on the capability of the customer (Roy, 2010). This company will cater for the medical requirements of its clients.
The America population is growing constantly and the population has to be insured to provide a healthy nation, a research that was conducted indicates that almost 87% of the American citizens are ensured, 57 % are insured by the employees, 15% of the population who are 65 years and over are under Madison care form of insurance 10% are insured by the government because they live in poor conditions while another 10% have insured them personally. These people pay to the insurance companies and they benefit highly from these funds from their clients (Roy, 2010). While, their charges are high as these companies make a lot of money from the high charges, claiming that they aren’t overcharging them, but its due to high cost of medical care.
The health insurers have taken into consideration the pleas that are raised by the customers. While, in the recent time shown that they are willing to reduce their charges in order to give there clients sufficient care at a cheaper cost that is affordable to all the American citizens regardless of financial and racial backgrounds
How Perception Was Shaped by Provider Groups
The service provider here includes the physicians, nurses and doctors, who are the ones that are directly involved with the patients. Therefore, the way the will treat their patients will have an influence on the patients perception of the medical system thus their affection to these systems (Lillie-Blanton, et al, 2000).
The experiences that these patients see in the hands of the medical providers are some factors that result to the causes of these perceptions are some of the factors include racial discrimination, ethnicity, medical mal practices and poor service provisions by these medical providers.
These medical providers are incriminated in different negative stories and this automatically affects the way the patients and the population interact with them. Cases that include malpractices and poor service provision causes a lot of trust reduction and they eventually are not able to appreciate the services that that is being offered, (Lillie-Blanton, et al, 2000) thus causing the patients to demand for reforms in this section.
How Perception Was Shaped by the Purchasers of Healthcare
The purchasers of these health cares are the clients of the insurance systems and the patients of the health providers; this group plays a role in present conditions in the United States of America (Health care for America, 2009). They are the group of people that benefit from this the services they are being provided by the hospitals and the insurance companies, most of people in this section are complaining on the poor services provided by the American medical system and the high rates imposed on them by the insurers.
The purchasers are contributing to this current state this is because they don’t consider the effects that the medical insurers will incur when they lower their costs. They don’t even try to consider that they are also making any losses or profits on their activities, therefore these service providers should be able to determine the these insurance firms are organizations that are running and they need to get fair treatment from the government in order to realize some profit.
The service purchasers should also be able to know that these medical practitioners who are not prone to errors. Therefore, they should be able to understand that accidents happens and they should be given some time and understanding to their faults.