Americans have faced challenges trying to navigate the health care system for the last 5 decades. In the health care system, patients and caregivers have not always come first. The doctors were urged to focus more on the amount of care they delivered, rather than how effectively they treated the patients overall health. The nation spent more on health care per person than they spend on any other thing and the costs were rising. Sadly, even though we had some of the best medical schools and were leaders in health research, the American people often had worse health outcomes. Basically, we paid more but got less.
Medical Insurance under the Affordable Care Act has taken an important step toward healthcare that is more affordable, more accessible, and of higher quality. Since the Act has gone into law, about 17.6 million people who were uninsured now have coverage. This is the largest reduction in people without insurance in decades. By paying for outcomes over quantity insurance companies may be rewarded for providing their services.
For medical insurance to work better for the American people providers have to be paid for what works, and be given incentives for quality of care rather than quantity of care. A priority on prevention and wellness and improving the care delivery system will make access to services easier. Additionally, health information should be shared so that providers have better information and consumers can make informed decisions and be participants in their care.
The goal is to engage consumers and empower them to be at the center of their care. Improving medical insurance can strengthen the whole system and people will play a more active and informed role in staying healthy. It is important for patients and provider’s partner together to have continuity of care and decide what is best for the patient.