January 20, 2018

What the experts say…

“The American health care system could more easily be described as a sick care system—one that is oriented to treat sudden, acute health care problems much better than conditions that require ongoing, long-term treatment and monitoring.” – Council of State Governments

  About the Current State of Healthcare

“The healthcare delivery system is poorly organized to meet the challenges at hand. The delivery of care often is overly complex and uncoordinated, requiring steps and patient “handoffs” that slow down care and decrease rather than improve safety. These cumbersome processes waste resources; leave unaccountable voids in coverage; lead to loss of information; and fail to build on the strengths of all health professionals involved to ensure that care is appropriate, timely and safe.” – Institute of Medicine

“Trust in the medical profession is linked to health outcomes, and physician/patient relationships lacking trust can be plagued by lower patient and physician satisfaction, poorer patient adherence to treatment recommendations and increased litigation.– AMA Institute for Ethics Director Matthew Wynia, MD

“U.S. patients were more likely than those in the other countries to report communication difficulties with their physicians. Three of 10 respondents in the United States said they left a doctor’s office without getting important questions answered…The primary reasons given for not following a doctor’s advice was that they did not agree with the doctor’s recommendations or the advice was too difficult to follow.” – American Public Health Association

“The current crisis in health care quality and cost underscores the need for action to bridge the divide between the design of the American health care system and the needs of chronically ill patients.” – Council of State Governments

“Total health-care costs rose dramatically over the last 20 years. Average total health-care spending among Americans 50 and older rose 310 percent, nearly twice as fast as inflation. That figure excludes nursing home costs. More than four in 10 with lower incomes spent 10 percent or more of their income on health care.” – AARP

Here’s what BESolutions says about healthcare today.

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