Healthcare issues are vast in number and in substance. In an effort to organize the large scope of issues, HealthPointPA Issues are divided into three broad categories: Access, Prevention and Research.
Access - Today, the problem of access to care/treatments is the single largest issue facing healthcare – primarily because the percentage of people without insurance is rising, many more families are underinsured, treatments are often unavailable to patients, and chronic conditions are on the rise.
Policy development, community education and awareness efforts are necessary to systemically address issues related to access.
Prevention – Chronic conditions are the leading cause of death in the United States and account for the majority of healthcare spending – more than 75 cents of every dollar we spend.
The widespread problems and rising rates of chronic health issues pose a significant and unsustainable burden on the U.S. healthcare system. We cannot effectively address escalating healthcare costs without addressing the problem of chronic disease and its solution: prevention.
Research - The primary goal of healthcare-related research is to aid patient care. This is done by gathering scientifically based knowledge, which is then used to help make decisions regarding treatment, effective policies and practices.
Topics currently at the center of debate include healthcare financing, the uninsured, insurance reforms, quality of care, mental health, and the impact of changes in the healthcare market on providers and patients.
Treatments – This section focuses on recent discoveries and/or policy developments in the administration or application of remedies to a patient to improve their health and wellness.