Accession Number : ADA475080
Title : Health Care Industry
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
Personal Author(s) : Allen, Roosevelt ; Black, Michael ; Bray, William ; Butt, Douglas W ; Calhoun, Bradley ; Curran, Sylvia ; Garay, Roger ; Kelly, Sally ; Lieb, Jeffrey C ; Litherland, Kimberly
Report Date : Jan 2007
Pagination or Media Count : 34
Abstract : Although the overwhelming majority of Americans claim they are satisfied with the quality of health care they as individuals receive, many nevertheless believe the U.S. health care industry suffers from major problems. Reining in the growing costs of health care entitlements, ensuring access for the millions of Americans who are uninsured, slowing the increase of chronic illnesses, dealing with workforce shortages in key specialty areas, combating the spread of infectious diseases, and improving the effectiveness of the federal government's hospital and public health preparedness programs are major challenges facing our nation over the next 10 years. Policymakers must develop a strategy to deal with the issues of access and cost while maintaining America's excellence in research, innovation, medical education, and responsiveness (hallmarks of the U.S. health care system). Accessible, quality heath care is essential for a productive workforce. Therefore, failing to solve the issues facing the industry will have strategic implications for the nation's security and economic prosperity.
Descriptors : *INDUSTRIES , *HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT , COSTS , ILLNESS , INFECTIOUS DISEASES , MEDICAL SERVICES , HOSPITALS , INSURANCE , SHORTAGES
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE