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Both the Framingham heart study and the Alameda County study, because of their size, rigor, and length, are frequently used to prescribe specific healthcare policies for the macro population. The Framingham study has been called the study which changed America's perception of disease. Before "Framingham, most physicians believed that atherosclerosis was an inevitable part of the aging process and were taught that blood pressure was supposed to increase with age enabling the heart to pump blood through an elderly person's narrowed arteries" ("Framingham heart study," 2015). The study demonstrated that cigarette smoking, sedentary behaviors, and weight gain all exacerbated an individual's likelihood of developing heart disease. Similarly, the Alameda County study found that factors such as "drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, smoking cigarettes, being obese, sleeping fewer or more than seven to eight hours per night, being physically...
The problem is that validating self-reporting on such factors would be challenging. Also, there are many genetic factors which can impact heart health. At present, only empirically-validated criteria such as age can be used to set different health insurance premiums. But objectors would note that a healthy forty-year-old who does not smoke, exercises regularly, and eats unprocessed foods may have better health and thus lower healthcare costs than a sedentary twenty-year-old who is obese, smokes, and is a likely candidate for type II diabetes in the near future.
Currently, workplaces are not permitted to penalize employees for unhealthy lifestyle practices. "The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents employees in a group health insurance plan from being charged more for coverage because of a 'health factor,' which includes health status, medical condition and claims experience, among other things. Although lifestyle choices such as smoking are not named as health factors, medical opinion exists identifying nicotine addiction as a medical condition" (Frye 2014). Workplaces can offer discounts based upon participation in 'wellness' programs, however. In other words, it is illegal to mandate that someone give specific, health-related information in exchange for insurance (such as a…
Health Care Management Obstacles to change in Health Care management. There are a nearly infinite number of things that can go wrong for a health care manager, and out of the two major problems that can arise, staff relationship problems and stresses over financial constraints, the more trying of the two managing the financial interests of the facility within the constraints from senior staff and management. The health care facility is in
Although the author did not believe Americans would accept such a 'big government' system, it is no less 'big government' in nature than the systems of healthcare that cover the elderly and very poor in our nation. Imagine never having to worry about a doctor bill for yourself or a loved one, or to have to take a part-time job at Starbucks, just because it is one of the
Health Care Administration Profession As a health care manager, the reason for choosing this profession and the day-to-day activities which fill my schedule are often vary different. As a health care professional, I entered this profession to make a contribution to the health and well being of my fellow soldiers. I chose to become a part of the support system which keeps the military functioning, and able to freely commit themselves
At present, we spend nearly 15% of GDP, or $7,000 per man, woman and child in the United States on healthcare. The next highest nations, Germany and France, spend only about 10% of their GDP on healthcare. The additional 50% we spend does not reward us in longer lives or a better quality of life. Those in the healthcare community would argue that Americans receive the best healthcare in the
reputed "health crisis" currently facing Americans. The author explores several aspects of the health care crisis and analyzes the validity of those claims. The author presents an argument that there really is not a health care crisis and it is a fallacy. There were six sources used to complete this paper. Why do People Believe the Crisis is Real? What Evidence is There That it is Not Real? What are some of
Health Care As human beings, our health and longevity have never been better. Many people today live to 100 years and beyond, and often in good and active health. One of the major reasons for this is better health care and more access to health care for more people. On the other hand, however, many people do not have access to the same health care services as others. Often, the main