According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is yes.
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Many papers called for a restructuring of healthcare.
How should healthcare be restructured?
Experts have suggested recruiting and educating a diverse workforce that are comfortable working in a changing field.
The new workforce should be technologically savvy and able to use telehealth efficiently.
Further, the new workforce should be highly responsive to patient needs.
One paper by Steven H. Lipstein, MHA, and Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, suggested breaking down patients into four groups to better serve their needs.
They indicated that patients should be grouped and treated as follows:
- Patients who are generally healthy and use healthcare to prevent minor problems from becoming major issues.
- Patients who have experienced major illnesses or injury and need high volume, high expertise centers.
- Patients with chronic or behavioral medical conditions that require home monitoring technologies and community health workers.
- Elderly patients requiring end-of-life care.
Experts have suggested other methods of reform as well, but it is evident that reform is on the minds of many in the healthcare field.
Demand for reform stems from a changing population and a changing healthcare system.
Let us know what you think. Does the U.S. healthcare system need to be restructured?
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