Healthcare Disparities and Primary Care Medicine

Healthcare Disparities Explore healthcare disparities in the U.S. and determine the groups of people most likely to experience discrimination in healthcare services. Recommend at least one policy that could eliminate healthcare disparities in the U.S. Please justify your answer. Primary Care Medicine Primary care providers deliver basic medical care for Americans. Yet, Bodenheimer and Grumbach (2009) report that “the proportion of internal medicine residents entering primary care medicine rather than subspecialty or hospital careers plummeted from 54% in 1998 to 20% in 2005” (p. 201). Research the current status of primary care in the U.S. and develop policy initiatives and provider incentives to increase the number of residents entering primary care instead of a subspecialty or a hospital career. Consider how the Hill-Burton Act; the EMTALA; and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the ACA, helped transform primary care medicine in this country. Reference: Bodenheimer, T. S., & Grumbach, K. (2009). Understanding health policy: A clinical approach (5th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

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Generally, healthcare disparities can be defined as a situation where a certain group of the population lacks access to quality health care services due to the absence of health insurance coverage. These groups of the population usually experience a different severity of health conditions relative to other groups. According to Mead et al. (2008), one of the major issues professional in the healthcare industry in the United States are facing today is the disparity in the delivery of health services to ethnic groups of the population. The situation is caused by a variety of factors such as individuals’ non-compliance to medical advice, poor provider services as result …

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