Another downside to the long-term care policies implemented by the U. S. government is the accessibility of long-term care services, the management of long-term care programs, and the quality of services being provided. In hindsight, these three issues are connected, ascertaining why the long-term care policies need to be restructured or modified. First, the management of long-term care programs needs to be improved, particularly on how resources are spent to provide services.
Medicare focuses on establishing and managing nursing homes, however, studies have shown that the available resources or funding for Medicare will be able to cover a larger population if it will focus on providing home care instead to cut back on spending. This oversight by Medicare consequently limits the number of people that the program is able assist or support and downgrades the quality of long-term care services due to insufficiency of resources to sustain excellence and superiority in providing long-term care services.
(Health Affairs, 2000) By reviewing the long-term care policies of the U. S. government through the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid programs, we realize that there is a need to modify or transform said policies due to issues or problems that relegate their capacity to address national problems that has something to with long-term care.
Issues range from the mismanagement of resources allocated for Medicare and Medicaid program purposes, to the coverage of long-term care services, the inability of long-term care programs to promote continuity of long-term care services, and the accessibility of these services. Since these problems influence the quality of assistance that is being provided for the citizens of the country, the federal government should realize that it has to do something in order to improve its policies for the benefit of its people.
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