Disparities in Health and Healthcare Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Living a healthy life is the dream of every person in the whole world. However, at times, it is hard to achieve such a dream due to a lack of better health and facilities. Research has shown that the healthcare system suffers from unprecedented difficulties not only in Philadelphia but also in the whole of Pennsylvania State (Dartmouthatlas.org, 2015). Even though there is a considerable increment in life expectancy, there is evidence of a widening gap in socioeconomic and racial differences. Most Americans are not receiving the required treatment due to such disparities, especially in relation to health and mortality statuses. For this reason, health treatment lacks health benefits. Such burden, therefore, is common to the low-income populations as well as the racial minorities. Evidently, there is no assurance of the care reliability and safety in any form of a medical institution including physician offices, nursing homes, surgical centers, and hospitals (Dartmouthatlas.org, 2015).

According to a number of researches, it is evident that different patients get treatment from different doctors (Dartmouthatlas.org, 2015). However, some of these physicians do not coordinate the services they give nor do they make sure that they give instructions that are understood, consistent and clear to patients or even their family members. In addition, there is a serious threat in the costs of health care services to employers, patients, and the nation as a whole. Such costs leave most of the residents in Pennsylvania with no medical insurance. According to Dartmouth Atlas, approximately fifty million people in America do not have health care insurance.

For such reasons, health care providers in the United States of America have become a challenge. The most challenging issue is that it has become a factor of where one leaves as opposed to who they are. According to several studies along with reports from Dartmouth Atlas (2015), race and income determine the health care outcomes, as well as the healthcare services that patients receive. Some of the findings include:

Amputation Rate

Reports show that black people are likely to have complications related to peripheral vascular diseases and diabetes. According to related studies, the statistics shows that cases in both races differ by a factor of four with blacks being the majority. Amputation rate at times displays a difference of three times when it come to citizens of the United States of America and approximately tenfold among regions. According to Dartmouth reports (2015), one of the leading causes of an increase in amputation rate is poverty among residents. For this reason, in order to deal with issues related to amputation, efforts would be required to address health outcome disparities.

Services based on evidence

Some health care services require evidence before they are administered, for example, services such as mammography screening, as well as tests such as for diabetes. There are high disparities in services based on evidence from regions and states as compared to race (Dartmouthatlas.org, 2015). For this reason, it would be possible to find a greater number of geographical disparities and racial disparities when it comes to evidence-based services. According to data released by the Dartmouth Atlas, there is a need for improvement in the level of ambulatory care quality in terms of whites and blacks.

Health care institutions

Many people in the whole of Pennsylvania get health care services of different quality. Even though hospital is considered a place where people can get care despite financial level and race, there is a dramatic difference evident in the way people in Pennsylvania make use of hospitals as healthcare centers. The blacks have a high tendency of hospitalization as compared to their white counterparts. In most of the cases, Dartmouth Atlas (2015) reports that the situations that make the blacks hospitalized are not so pressuring such that they cannot be treated outdoors. However, when looking at both cases, one finds that the difference is more intense than across other regions. For this reason, the results from such reports are essential to analyzing the role played by local delivery system. Such importance extends to the system’s emphasis on inpatient care.

From the foregoing, it is evident that a lot of disparities exist within the healthcare systems in the United States of America. Such is common in health care institutions usage, possibility of using evidence-based services, as well as in amputation rate among patients. Perhaps anybody would want to question the importance of such findings in the health care system and the nation at large. According to Dartmouth Atlas (2015), such data is significant in healthcare in that it helps the people concerned to come up with ways of addressing any challenge identified. The findings on evidence-based service delivery are significant in fostering improvements within the system as far as such cases are concerned. In addition, the findings present a gap that needs to be filled in order to ensure that all physicians are careful and consistent with the service that they deliver to their patient. As such, it would suffice to point out that a lot of emphasis is needed to be placed on the healthcare systems to make health care available to all people.

References List

Dartmouthatlas.org. (2015). Disparities in Health and Healthcare among Medicare Beneficiaries. Web.

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