A Work in Progress
Since well before March of 2010 when it was passed into law, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has caused huge controversy with “shouting heads” on either side of the issue making their opinions known through the media. Now, in 2014, we are just beginning to see the growing effects of its implementation. The central aim of the ACA is to achieve a high rate of health insurance coverage for citizens and legal residents of the U.S., an admirable goal that few could argue with.
But, as they say in the travel business, “getting there is half the fun” and the road to universal health coverage has been paved with extra large potholes and speed bumps. Not only are patients coming to grips with being asked to take more responsibility for their own conditions and care; medical practices are also coping with sweeping changes to the way they do business. Statistics on access to healthcare and the effect of wellness initiatives on overall patient health are just being compiled. As the years march on, these numbers and the conclusions drawn from them will shape the way healthcare is delivered. We trust and hope that it will be for the better.