Health Care Financing would seem to be a long way off from the patient waiting to see their physician.
In today's world the quantitiy and qualitiy of care depends very much upon the type of health insurance the patient has to use. The care may be far different according to region, or state.
The term 'public health ' is a misnomer. The public health system is not accessible to all people for a number of reasons. Many perceive public health as inferior to the 'private system of health care", and only would access a center if there were no other option. Many current users of public health and/or Federally Qualified Health Centers would not even know how to access ' private care'. Learn more about them here and here and here. I particularly like the last one. No one home --
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A new term which may be unfamiliar to most providers and/or patients is the "Federally Qualified Health Centers". These centers are found more commonly in areas of low economic assets and amongst many people who fall in the range of the Federal Poverly Level (FPL). And here are the numbers which are both unrealistic at the lower end and even more unbelievable at the top end.
There is a non-admitted 'caste' system when it comes to medical care. It largely is secondary to income and location, and in cities there is often a sharp divide between those living in upper middle class neighborhoods and lower class neighborhoods.
The situation is also becoming worse, and there is no sign the Affordable Care Act will diminish the divide.
Although the ACA specifies preventive medical care (for free) Despite being "free", there will be a cost. There are 14 general categories, 22 special categories for women, and 25 categories for children.
A disturbing distinction between public health and private health financing is also more evident with the introduction of health information technology. In order to qualify for Grants for Information systems and operational financing a non-profit status is a requirement, which immediately rules out most entrepenurial systems (ie, private fee for service office and/or clinics, as well as some hospitals.