Inpatient Admission of the Poor for Healthcare in the United States

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Were poor people as salutary as the rest of those living in America, there would likely be a slight decline in inpatient admission. This writer believes that the decline would not exceed 15 percent of the current inpatient admission for this population, which is approximately 17 percent. Therefore, the decline would only be approximately 3 percent. Quite obviously, this figure of 3 percent is engedered by multiplying the 15 percent by the percentage of the current population, which is in fact 17 percent. That figures equals .0255; when rounding up, it is approximately three percent. As such, there are numerous considerations which, when properly applied to the foregoing scenario, reinforce the fact that the decline in inpatient admission percentage would not be excessive. Perhaps the most cogent of these, and the ones to which the other considerations inextricably relate, pertains to the fact that poor people simply cannot afford healthcare and thus do not greatly impact inpatient admission whether salubrious or otherwise.



The reality of the situation is that indigent people are less likely to maintain their health than are those who are indigent (Health Poverty Action, 2017). However, the ramifications of this statement buttress the preceding thesis. Since most poor people might eventually incur health problems, they tend to not utilize healthcare services because they cannot afford them. This fact means that even with poor people not as healthy as those who are in more advantageous financial situations are, they are still not affecting the inpatient admission percentage because they do not have the funds to pay for health services. Therefore, if they were suddenly not suffering from any variety of healthcare conditions, they still would not use those healthcare services because they cannot afford them (nor would they need them). The difference in the percentages of these two situations is negligible.



In fact, the primary way in which the 3 percent change in inpatient admission would occur is related to emergency room treatment. Those who are truly destitute rarely access any form of healthcare services other than emergency treatment, because all of the financial haggling accompanying those services comes after they are rendered. There are no upfront charges or co-payments for rides in ambulances and prioritized triage for immediate services. Thus, what often ends up happening is that these people are left with a sizable bill which they cannot—and therefore do not—remit so that the medical facilities, and by extension the tax payers, are left to pay the costs (O'Shea, 2007). The premise is that if the impoverished were as healthy as their wealthier counterparts, they would not need those services. Again, the approximation of the percentage difference caused by the utilization…

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