U.S. Healthcare Forces and Trends


The United States health care has been occasioned with a variety of challenges such as; reduced consumer satisfaction, poor healthcare quality and high prices with low coverage among other ills. These challenges are some of the symptoms pointing towards larger underlying issues in the health care. A systematic approach and analysis is of essence to ensure the main causes of these problems is noted and tangible steps made to ensure the health system is streamlined and able to deliver to the public. The paper defines the model trends that are available in the United States health care system.

The paper further, identifies and explains about two model trends available in the delivery of healthcare. Consequently, the paper describes how the transformation of the health care system has impacted on the two model trend identified. The paper moreover, discusses the implication of external forces, which is anticipated in the United States health care, and finally the paper concludes.

Model Trends in United States Health care system

A model trend is commonly referred to as a system that enables clarification of a persons or a business β€œservice line”. Model trend facilitates entities to understand better their nature and line of their businesses and services they make available to the public (Wietecha, 2002, p.68). Model trends illustrates a formidable aspects in the united states health care because it helps organizations to understand the welfare of their customers and narrowing their attention towards its fulfillment. Moreover, trends aids in identifying a customer’s health care entity and provides an important role of impacting on the way in which a business entity is organized and managed.

Model trends contribute significantly in determining the quality and the kind of health organization that are available in regard to terms and the value they create in the market (Wietecha, 2002, p.79). This implies that there should be a definition of organization business alignment and the guiding principles that drives the health organization. This would greatly influence the performance of the organization.

Trends in the health system differ from other line of businesses for instance; in health care, the models can be broad or narrow, this is because, there is some misconceptions some entities believes that they are part of the health care or hospital business whereas others believe that they are part of health care delivery system as noted by Wietecha (2002, p.88). The entity which believes they are part of the hospital business is composed of hospitals which try to provide and environment of competition with other hospitals. Policy experts are part of health care system who strongly believes that when health system delivery is strengthened in can serve considerably more people.

Current trends in healthcare delivery models

Lemco (1994,p 68) suggests that most health care delivery models have alienated and distanced themselves from intervention by the federal government, strategy makers and states. They have constituted themselves into competitive models. This is because of value based competition trend. The first trend to be discussed is the value based competition model. The value based competition model provides a major shift, it does not pay attention on doctors, strategy makers and business as a major factor in health care, it instead embraces the value of patients as the most important entity of the business. Lemco (1994,p 76) explains that, this is a holistic approach because it does not only endeavor to tailor its specialized services to patients but also incorporates extra excellent services in addition to the ones they provide. In this value based competition, there is no encouragement to perfection in relation to a given area of health care such as surgery by major hospitals or practitioners. But the emphasis is centered towards the quality of overall health care system (Lemco, 1994, p. 89). This means strengthening and providing excellent services will motivate a patient. For example if a patient receives excellent diagnosis , he or she may get the right treatment, by disseminating efficient and well organized services to a patient, the health care service delivery can be streamlined and enhanced (Leathard, 2000,p.87).

Moreover, soft regulatory is another trend in the health care delivery. Soft regulatory is widely used by strategy makers. Regulatory measures are believed to be traditional approach in regard to health care delivery. Consequently, the soft regulatory trend helps to accommodate majority of people in the health care system (Leathard, 2000, p.96). However, the soft regulatory comes with issues which includes; incorporating more elderly people in the healthcare system, there is technological rise, much emphasis is placed on efficient provision of service and increased consumer awareness (Leathard, 2000, p.103).

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