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Running Head: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE 1

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE 2

Access to Healthcare


Capella University

November, 2018

Access to healthcare


This paper will address the limited access to the healthcare services in the United States of America, which is a bigger challenge that cut across the nation from cities to the rural areas. Several factors have been outlined as key contributors to limited access to healthcare including (a) limited insurance coverage, (b) transportation barrier and (c) lack of professionals in rural areas. They will be further explained in detail in this paper. Having limited access to healthcare is a challenge situation but whenever a problem is experienced, the endeavour has to be made to develop and find a solution. Therefore, in this discussion telemedicine and in-home health care services have been employed as some of the interventions to address the already defined health problem. The information used in the research has to be relevant and valid and this is confirmed by the annotated bibliography which explains in brief about the credibility of the information used in this research.

Healthcare Access Limitation

Limited access to healthcare results from barriers to healthcare which eventually result in unmet health care needs such as lack of preventive and screening services, treatment of illnesses, and preventing patients from needing costly hospital care. A vital rural community is dependent on the health of its population. Access to medical care does not guarantee good health; however, access to healthcare is critical for a population’s well-being and optimal health. There are multiple factors that limit access to healthcare in the United States of America. A limited number of people who are insured is one of the factors contributing to limited access to healthcare. Comparing with other developed countries, the United States of America is one of the nations that does not have universal healthcare insurance for its citizens. The government does understand this problem and, in an attempt to find a solution, created and implemented the Affordable Care Act as one of the ways to increase insurance coverage for its population, but by the year 2016, about 32 million people were not covered thus denying them the privilege to access health care services (Kominski, Nonzee, & Sorensen, 2017).

A good number of people are not in a position to meet the medical cost thus locking them from accessing health care services in this country. Even some of those

· Overview

Write a 4-6 page analysis of a current problem or issue in health care, including a proposed solution and possible ethical implications.

For this assessment, you will analyze a current health care problem or issue. Read each portion of the assessment carefully and use the Suggested Resources to help you complete the assessment. This assessment provides an opportunity to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to a current health care problem or issue.

Note: The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide. At a minimum, be sure to address each point. In addition, you are encouraged to review the performance level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.

1. Describe the health care problem or issue you selected for use in Assessment 2 and provide details about it.

2. Identify possible causes for the problem or issue.

3. Use scholarly information to explain the health care problem or issue. 

. Identify at least three scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles about the topic. 

. You may use articles you found while working on Assessment 2 or you may search the Capella Library for other articles.

. You may find the applicable Undergraduate Library Research Guide helpful in your search.

· Assess the credibility of the information sources.

· Assess the relevance of the information sources.

· Analyze the problem or issue. 

· Describe the setting or context for the problems or issues.

· Describe why the problem or issue is important to you.

· Identify groups of people affected by the problem or issue.

· Discuss potential solutions for the problem or issue. 

· Compare your opinion with other opinions you find in sources from the Capella Library.

· Provide the pros and cons for one of the solutions you are proposing.

· Analyze the ethical implications if the potential solution (the one for which you provide pros and cons) were to be implemented. 

· Discuss the pros and cons of implementing the proposed solution from an ethical principle point of view.

· Provide examples from the literature to support the points you are making.

· Describe what would be necessary to implement the proposed solution.

Example Assessment: You may use the assessment example, linked in the Assessment Example section of the Resources, to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.

Additional Requirements

1. Length: At least 4–6 typed, double-spaced pages, not including the title page and reference page.

2. Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

3. APA Template: Use the APA Style Paper Template as the paper forma

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Introduction

There has been a phenomenal increase in and advancement of healthcare technologies over the past few decades that are for quality healthcare access and provision moving forward into the future. These technologies were not only meant to improve healthcare quality and access in the face of diversity but were also expected to help fix many problems that face healthcare (Imran, 2015). However, this is not the case since the expectations are not met as complicated problems impacting activities within and without the healthcare sector have remained stubborn to the technological changes and ever-improving government policies and investments into the healthcare industry to improve access and patient outcomes. Access to healthcare remains one of the stubborn problems in healthcare as it continues to plague everyone both in the rural areas and in the inner-city urban centers. Several factors have been outlined as key contributing factors to limited access to healthcare including limited insurance coverage, transportation and language barriers and lack of professionals in rural areas. This paper seeks to address the limited access to the healthcare services in the United States of America, which is a bigger challenge that cut across the nation from cities to the rural areas. The paper will also endeavor to find a solution to the limited access to healthcare as it is challenging. Telemedicine and in-home health care services have been employed as some of the interventions to address the health problem. The information used in the research has relevant and valid as confirmed by the bibliography.

Elements of the problem

Limited access to healthcare is attributed to barriers that result in unmet health needs including insufficient screening and preventive services, treatment and the high cost of care. The economy of the United States is entirely dependent on the health of its population and access to healthcare is, therefore, one of the fundamental pillars of the country’s economy. Some factors affect healthcare access in a country that is increasingly becoming diversified and population increasing (Kominski, Nonzee, & Sorensen, 2017). Limited access to healthcare insurance is one of the limiting factors to access to healthcare in low-income families, and the United States government made a move to provide universal healthcare to its citizens.

A significant part of the US public is not in a position to meet the medical cost thus locking them from accessing health care services. Even so