The debate over whether healthcare should be treated as a business or a right has gone on for decades. Both sides have a similar end goal, and that is for our nation to boast a healthy population of generally productive individuals without bankrupting itself in the process. The disagreement is mostly in how to achieve the goal.
These healthcare debates cover the most contested issues in healthcare policy and administration. They present an even-handed examination of both sides of the most pressing arguments within the U.S. healthcare system, including whether healthcare is a right or privilege and a comparison of single-payer vs. multi-payer systems, among other considerations.
Where someone stands on this debate comes down to how they see rights, the role they believe government has in enforcing these rights, whether or not they believe healthcare is something every individual deserves, and whether they believe we are connected or separate.
Over the last few years, my freelance writing job led me down the road of becoming more informed than the average person when it comes to the American healthcare system. One theme kept appearing: the American healthcare system is chronically suffering. With all the solutions fueled by all the kind-hearted people, I can’t help but wonder why the American healthcare system is still in chronic pain.
Considering the benefits to having dental care and the linkages between oral health and overarching health, this article explores why dental care isn’t covered by health insurance—and whether or not integration should occur.
Affordable healthcare is largely made possible through taxes and systems that nourish the availability of their services through intentional policy. While many countries with free and universal systems do mitigate and minimize costs, even the most efficient systems require patients to share the cost of services, supplies, or devices through out-of-pocket payments.
Both Medicare and private insurers have begun to adopt value-based models and providers, along with a fleet of healthcare administrators, have had to rethink how they can conform to the new system while meeting budgetary limitations.
This article explores research and development in the context of greater healthcare expenditures, including looking into the main drivers of healthcare spending, influences on pricing, and where R&D fits into the whole ecosystem.
Artificial intelligence is active in healthcare already, and it needs processes, frameworks, and organizational cultures that put patients first. That requires the collaboration of IT developers, healthcare leaders, AI researchers, and governmental entities. For healthcare administrators in particular, it is increasingly important to be bilingual, speaking the languages of AI and healthcare fluently.
Integrated behavioral healthcare creates effective provider relationships across disciplines and practices in order to provide care that acknowledges the whole patient, the context in which they exist, and the interconnection between the systems in the body.