Introduction to Healthcare

Welcome to our Healthcare topic center. In this area, find references and information concerning important topics such as health insurance, mental health advocacy, the mental health professions (psychiatry, psychology, social work, etc.), and various treatments and interventions (e.g., medications and psychotherapy).

The healthcare system in the United States is undergoing significant change. The advent and widespread adoption of managed care has completely changed how health treatments are paid for. Rapid advances in technology and pharmacology have contributed to rising health care costs. While employed persons are still reasonably sure of having access to care, the poor and unemployed are not so lucky. The public health and mental health infrastructure is completely in crisis and no relief seems nearby. These significant changes in how health care is delivered have made life difficult for all.

Healthcare — In The News
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, a new report states. Once the law... Read More

More Americans Getting Needed Health Care, Survey Shows

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although problems persist, more Americans had significantly less trouble getting and paying for needed medical care in 2014, as the health insurance expansions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in, a new survey suggests. The number of working-age adults who said they didn't... Read More

U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund... Read More

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6 Steps To Keeping Your Brain Healthy And Happy

No one wants to get old. Our bodies change, our skin starts to sag and we lose the mental clarity we took for granted in our younger years. As we... Read More

Do Patients' Views Matter When Measuring Health Care Quality?

I certainly hope so! The fact that this question is even being debated in the health care arena is deeply disturbing to me. Yet some factions of the health care... Read More

We Must Manage Our Own Healthcare

There are many recent news stories about health care because of The Supreme Court’s decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. There is controversy regarding this program raised... Read More