COVID-19 uncovers large-scale flaws, leading U.S. health administrators to reshape the system

Fewer doctors, fewer beds, higher out-of-pocket expenses, and increasing numbers of uninsured or under insured Americans are among the immediate priorities health systems and administrators are now challenged to improve and correct as COVID-19 commands widespread attention.

Recently, Vox (article linked below) reported the lack of preparedness across the U.S. healthcare industry, especially when compared to other developed countries, as it battles the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to escalating case counts, the U.S. is also lagging in its ability to provide reliable testing to help diagnose and provide adequate treatment for those infected. As public health experts track the movements of the disease, understanding growth and spread remains a critical piece of the process. Recent reporting on initial testing measures in countries across the globe and revealed that the U.S. had the lowest number of tests performed per million people as of March 2020.

Simultaneous to testing kit troubles, health care experts are still faced with challenges that existed before the global pandemic. Temporary efforts have been activated through coordinated partnership between leading health system administrators and state and federal officials to reduce strain and deliver more accessible care. Many are wondering if these temporary fixes will motivate health administrators to transform and strengthen the business of health care.

To read the full story, visit Vox.

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