Health care has became more and more expensive over the past decades and more people are finding that they cannot afford to pay for medical visits to the doctor. When patients visit the emergency room and they do not have insurance they are given a bill for thousands of dollars that they cannot afford to pay and are left with paying monthly instalments to lessen the bill. With more people not able to afford the bills for their medical needs an act was passed to help control the cost of medical services. In 2010 the Affordable Care act was implemented to help Americans with the high cost of health care. This act has been changed over the past ten years to further help people in need and provide services to them. Since this act has been in effect access to health care has increased difficulty with affording health care has decreased Kobayashi, Altindag, Truskinovsky, & Berkman (2019). By expanding the options that low income families can have when choosing healthcare plans, the cost of the services has decreased and health care is more accessible. With some patients not able to afford healthcare it is left to the nurse to help get them the resources needed to acquire assistance (Rector, 2018). Nurses can find ways of getting patients discount medications which is a big help when some patients are living on fixed incomes.
Paper requires a minimum of two references: one from a peer-reviewed english NURSING journal (less than 5 years-old) and one from the course textbook. Professional, governmental, or educational organizations (.org, .gov, or .edu) may be used as supplemental references. APA format required.
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