In recent years, the U.S. has adopted significant approaches to improve healthcare among its citizens. Nonetheless, recent studies have highlighted that less than seven percent of U.S. citizens are contented with the healthcare system (Bombard et al., 2018). This concern results from specific factors, including high costs, fragmentation of services, quality of care, and reduced access to healthcare. Considering these four concerns, quality of care is by far the primary problem.
This is primarily because the quality of care determines the general health and treatment of all sick individuals. As a result, Bombard et al. (2018) point out that reduced quality of care evidenced in the current health care system doubles the mortality rate. The problem of quality of care is caused by specific reasons, including increased medical errors, incompetent healthcare providers, and lack of transparency. Therefore, quality of care is a crucial problem since individuals are not provided with coordinated and safe treatment.
To address the problem of quality of care, the U.S. healthcare system could consider creating consensus protocols that directly streamline healthcare delivery. While this strategy pursues to improve the quality of care, it also reduces treatment costs among citizens, thus allowing them to afford treatment in any healthcare facility irrespective of the type of illness (Syed et al. 2020). Quality of care could also be improved by doing more practical research on medical errors and methods that could be adopted to prevent all forms of medical errors. Medical errors account for more deaths among patients; therefore, doing more research on this issue would play a significant role in improving the quality of care. Generally, quality of care could be improved by employing quality physicians, improving care delivery, and preventing medical errors.
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Syed, S. B., Leatherman, S., Neilson, M., Griekspoor, A., Horemans, D., Letaief, M., & Kelley, E. (2020). Improving quality of care in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 98(1), 2. Web.