The United States healthcare system will experience a number of changes in the coming decade. Although the changes focused on in the news as of late concentrate on the impending drop in the physician population, there are positive changes ahead as well. These changes will improve the manner in which hospitals and institutions function in additional to relieving stress and the subsequent burnout that has become familiar to physicians. The benefits of these changes can be seen by the patient population who will experience shorter visits with increased value of care.
Quick and Convenient Options
The last decade has seen a return to mobile healthcare which is quicker and less costly to patients. Patients can avoid spending time in waiting rooms, and instead remain in the comfort of their home, schools, or places of work. Self-monitoring through technology will help physicians and nurses asses the state of patients in these cases. In addition to home care expanding, small clinics devoted to treating less serious injuries will become the norm. These clinics will not require appointments and they will be more affordable than urgent care centers.
Nurses Providing Care
During the next ten years there will be a change in the allotment of tasks to healthcare professionals. It will be more efficient to allow practitioners, nurse, and other professionals apply their education, training, and licenses to the best of their ability by exercising the extent of their licensing. This means nurses, rather than physicians determine the course of care for patients with less serious illnesses and health concerns. Physicians then will be given ample time to focus on patients with serious needs that call for greater attention or a special skill set. A change in structure in addition to an increase of technology use would allow clinical aids to play larger role with patients. Physicians and nurses would be able to advise these aids on smaller cases through messaging applications or email, saving on both time and resources. Patients can also benefit from this change in structure by experiencing smaller waiting times and a quicker discharge in most cases.
Quality based Payment
With the focus of healthcare changing from treating already ill patients to preventative care, which improves overall wellness, payment to healthcare providers will depend less on treatments and more on the state of a patients’ health. Healthcare providers might receive a bonus from insurance companies for keeping a patient in good health.
In addition to this shift towards preventative care, physicians and their institutions will also be responsible for giving quality care to patients. This specifically relates to giving patients enough attention during their hospital stays to ensure injuries are avoided and the procedures preformed were done in a way where they will hold up over time.
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