Disease Trends and the Delivery of Health Care Services
Sophronia Bonita Mckee
University of Phoenix
Disease Trends and the Delivery of HealthCare Services
The health care delivery system of today has undergone tremendous change, even over
the relatively short period of the past decade. New and emerging technologies, including drugs,
devices, procedures, tests, and imaging machinery, have changed patterns of care and sites where
care is provided. The growth in ambulatory surgery has been influenced by improvements in
anesthesia and analgesia and by the development of noninvasive or minimally invasive
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Though, providing health care is not cheap and easy to do. Cost, accessibility, and
quality is a challenge that they face in order to provide the people with healthcare. Learning and
being aware of disease trends has definitely impacted our society in a good form. For example,
there are organizations such as WHO and CDC that provide the nation with health care
information to inform about diseases that can affect the population and how to prevent them.
Instead of worrying about curing the diseases, today these two organizations have ways to
prevent them before they even spread. Although these disease trends as well as demographics,
have an influence in the healthcare delivery services in the future. It is now being a challenge,
what can be expected of the healthcare delivery for the next-generation. However, some disease
trends are preventable, it is impossible not to get any forms of diseases or illnesses throughout a
life time; also there are many factors that can affect the healthcare delivery systems in many
Aging for example plays a big role and can influence health care delivery in many forms.
One of the fastest growing groups is those of older adults. Many adults are reaching the age of
65 faster than those that can work and help pay for health costs. “Baby Boomers” are what
caused this impact and are affecting our healthcare delivery. Even though, the baby boomers
have had a huge impact on the society that we live in today. Over the past 50 years, the majority
of the families had anywhere from four to nine children, which was a normal size family.
Presently, and possibly in the next twenty plus years, the family size will probably be anywhere
from two to three children. In the society that we live in today and in the future, the cost of
raising more than three children is astronomical and a middle class family will not be able to
provide financially for more than three children. Also, at this age elders are more prone to
diseases and health problems and require more medical attention. In the next 10 to 20 years life
expectancy will continue to increase and medical care will be needed even more. This is
influenced by the increasing population.
Many health care professional have great concerns about the growth of the aging
population, chronic disease and the epidemic of obesity, and how will the United States
healthcare system prepared for this continuing epidemic. The fact that the aging population along
with obesity epidemic is a global healthcare concern, many health cares’ professional is baffled
about how to address the growing epidemic that many American’s will face. Also, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2003) the population aged greater than
65 years is estimated to reach 19.2% in 2030, an increase from 12.4% in 2000. To break the
growth down by age; the...