March 28, 2011
History and Evolution of Health Care Economics
Health care economics have changed so much during the course of history. While a lot has to do with the evolutionary changes that the U.S. underwent since inception, the major factors that have influenced change in healthcare economic are medical care and technology. It is important to understand healthcare economic history, and the cash flow system, managers are able to use this information to help prepare the company for its future. It is very important to remember that the drive behind health care economics is money, money helps run health care organization and it’s the key to success
“Who pays for what has changed dramatically in the past 60 years. Whereas in the past, the majority of individuals paid their medical bills with private funds, today insurance companies and other third parties cover the majority of payments, with individuals paying only a small fraction of the total flow of funds with private money” (Getzen & Moore, 2007, p. 3, para. 1). History shows that physicians would trade medical services for non-money items (such as cotton, grain, and livestock) as forms of payment if a patient was unable or couldn’t afford the services. As the US advanced in historical factors such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, and technology, a new system had to be used to help the U.S. population with medical services.
According to Melcher (2010), health cooperatives were in place to aid Americans with purchasing medical services during the Great Depression. Melcher goes to identify that sixty-two percent of all bankruptcies filed by Americans was due to health care costs, and this factor was contributing to a rise within the US’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Another contributing...