In this work Dr Blick argues that this event should be the occasion for a reassessment of the past, present and future of the UK constitution.
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Abstract There is little doubt that the tenure of President Barack Obama and implementation of the Affordable Care Act has had a profound effect on the United States healthcare delivery system in terms of the organization, finances, and clinical aspects of medical practice. As we enter the presidential election, looming issues of health affairs include 1 Is affordability achievable and can it be achieved without sacrificing the physician-patient relationship?
In addition, although done more as a tactical move with little impact on the overall budget, the healthcare benefits of political leaders in the United Kingdom are being trimmed in order to increase citizen buy-in in the healthcare model.
This article compares recent healthcare policy changes in the United States to those of some constitutional democracies. The attitudes of healthcare stakeholders, including patients, physicians, and political leaders, are also analyzed.
One striking effect is evidenced by the selection of medical specialties by young physicians. Institutional and large group practices have become increasingly attractive to young physicians, especially those who have incurred significant debt in order to complete their medical education.
As opposed to private practice, it eases many of the burdens of finance, regulations, and retirement benefits [ 3 ]. Previously, both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations operated hospitals in a cooperative manner in which the for-profit entities offered medical practices which were profitable and thus helped financially support the not-for-profit entities.
Today, however, the number of not-for-profit institutions has rapidly diminished as corporate entities assume control to reap the clear financial benefits of for-profit organizations.
This shift has taken place as for-profit hospitals are believed to collect more revenue per each patient admission than do not-for-profit hospitals, although certain percentages have not been reported. A recently published study assessed the overall profitability of nonprofit and for-profit hospitals, taking into consideration different medical services that may be offered among each [ 5 ].
The results indicated that for-profit institutions were more likely to obtain higher profits from the same medical services as compared to nonprofit institutions. To ensure that hospital ownership status contributed to these results rather than geography, several sensitivity tests were performed that further confirmed the above findings.
Review In the setting of medical development, the power controlling the cost of healthcare is shared by insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies alike. Many hospitals have answered in part to the rising financial burdens in the United States by hiring non-physician executives to serve as hospital administrators because they demand less salary than physicians [ 6 - 7 ].
However, it is important to note that even though one might expect that takeover of management by non-physicians would result in lower costs because of greater efficiencies, this may not necessarily be the case because over time the executives may demand increased salaries [ 9 - 10 ].
For instance, Medicare uses a system termed "relative value unit-based productivity" to decide how much it will reimburse physicians for services and procedures.
Since these statistics were obtained from private practice, the difference in the laparoscopic hysterectomy may not seem out of the ordinary. Confounding variables that may in part explain price differences for medical services include geography and whether the hospital is a teaching or non-teaching institution because some areas with higher costs of living may be subject to similar medical cost adjustments.
Nevertheless, when analyzing the prices charged for procedures by hospitals and private practices in similar cities in the same state, the difference in price becomes apparent. There has been some effort by Congress to exert standardized controls aimed to ensure the cost of United States healthcare does not skyrocket and that the quality of medical care is not curtailed.
Although this provision may be reasonable in many cases, in others it may be unavoidable, such as in the case of a hypothetical homeless man with pneumonia who does not take his antibiotics upon discharge and therefore returns the emergency department within the 30 day period.
Although provisions such as this are a step in the right direction, the ideal goal would be one that does not punish hospitals for unavoidable patient cases, such as the aforementioned.
For instance, members of Congress qualify for medical benefits that ordinary federal workers do not and are often able to receive medical services from the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Capitol [ 16 - 17 ].
This makes it challenging for Congress to relate to and act upon the need for cost-control that most Americans seek when pursuing comprehensive and holistic medical care.United Kingdom (England) Health system review.
Editorial Board The Commonwealth Fund, United States Dominique Polton, National Health Insurance Fund for Salaried Staff (CNAMTS), France Sophia Schlette, Health Policy Monitor, Germany United Kingdom (England): The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is a partnership.
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