One of the biggest complaints about the U.S. health care delivery system revolves around access to services. More specifically, too often, the high cost of health care is a barrier to its access. A key objective of health care reform efforts has been to expand access to quality care to more people. What will the effects of increasing access to health care be?
To prepare for this Discussion, consider this week’s Learning Resources.
Find an article that illustrates the potential positive and/or negative impact of increased access to health care services as a result of health care reform.
Post a comprehensive response to the following:
- Cite and summarize the article.
- What are two effects of increased access to care on the providers of that care (i.e., hospitals, physician practices, or long-term care facilities)?
- How do you think the impact of increased access might be mitigated? Should it be? Why or why not?
Note: Initial postings must be 300–350 words (not including references).