Healthcare reform is a leading focus of many political and media discussions. Americans are concerned more today, than ever before, about the growing disparity of healthcare administration in the United States.
For many states, there is a marked change in the healthcare administration over the past decade; one that involves a significant impact on hospitals with many now considered either high-end or low-end healthcare facilities. Gone are the days when the hospital facilities were classified across the spectrum.
No place is this more evident than in the state of California. When considering the type of hospital used, many Californians look to not only the level of care that is offered at the facility, but also the size in terms of the number of beds, the affiliation with other hospitals and the location. With most MediCal recipients using district hospitals, rural hospitals and even county or city hospitals, the level of care may be far different than had treatment been administered in a privately owned facility.
While we like to believe the quality of care will not vary from one hospital facility to another, the fact is, many hospitals simply can not afford the same level of care. Without private donations and funding, the public facilities often offer less personal services and may even impose greater stress upon the patients. To the defense of the employees and healthcare providers in the lower-end hospital settings, the system is quite simply burdened. With burdened services and burdened healthcare workers, the quality of care will be significantly lower.
If you reside in a state where there is a growing disparity among the services offered at local hospitals, it is important to consider your healthcare options carefully. Because your public hospitals are lacking for the same degree of funds, you may want to consider supporting these facilities with both your personal dollars and your insurance dollars when healthcare treatment is not life altering. If, however, the treatment you require is far more life threatening or life altering, using a private, higher-end hospital facility may be to your benefit.
While there are many issues of healthcare to be addressed in the United States, the growing difference between high end and low end hospitals is quite astonishing. With no end to the trend in sight, it is expected that many public, low-end hospital settings will continue to struggle until there is a federal change mandating all alternate way to manage healthcare in the United States.