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Health Care Administration Career Study

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The coordination and supervision of a variety of the health care aspects is a skill set that professionals are required to obtain through higher education. Training in health care administration is a program that integrates medical and business aspects to create a strong professional career. Students can pursue this profession by first completing health care administration career study and coursework.

Students attending health care administration schools and colleges complete a considerable amount of training due to the work conducted inside the field. Administrators supervise other medical professionals and maintain the management of the entire system at their hospital or clinic. At its most basic administration professionals focus their time and energy on ensuring that the separate aspects of a medical facility run smoothly. Education is offered at every degree level making the profession accessible to all interested students. However, most entry-level careers require employees to have a bachelor’s degree and most employers prefer hiring individuals with a master’s degree.

Students typically use undergraduate training to gain the foundation needed to work through graduate degree programs. The introductory aspects of medical transcription, coding, and billing are learned inside an associate’s degree program. Patient interaction and overseeing patient admissions is covered as students work to complete programs. Students that work through bachelors degree programs will have more career opportunities and the ability to enter masters degree programs. The effective delivery of all health care areas is focused on broadly so students understand the medical and business sides to the field. Courses are taken that teach students how to correctly oversee, develop, and deliver medical care. Courses that are integrated into undergraduate training may include:

*U.S. Health Care System

The system is broken down to examine what professions exist and what responsibilities are carried out inside a facility. Courses like this cover every aspect of today’s healthcare system, which includes long-term care, mental health, tax-support, health promotion, planning, personal coordination, financing, marketing, and more.

*Ethics

The issues facing today’s healthcare system is explored. Course subjects will include euthanasia, abortion, life-prolonging technology, and experimentation. These topics are connected to the aspects of leading a facility and understanding moral philosophy.

Masters degree programs place a high emphasis on building the skills needed to act as leaders inside the profession. The economic policies, marketing practices, and legal issues involved in the administration of health care are learned as students work through programs. Students learn to monitor finances, policies, human resources, and budgeting problems. Students that continue their education at the doctorate’s level of training study the future of the system. Programs focus on taking student’s knowledge so they can oversee the daily processes of an organization and work on creating policies. Possible courses include:

*Health Care Law

The legal issues facing administrators and medical practitioners are explored. Students learn about the regulation factors incorporated into healthcare systems.

*Health Care Information

Students learn to use today’s leading information technology to manage the delivery of medical care. The terminology and practices of information technology are explored in regards to providing patient care.

The Health Care Debate

The health care debate is a hot political topic right now in the United States. Some say we must have free health care available to all because medical care is too expensive for most people. A serious illness can cause bankruptcy. Others say that we can’t afford health care as a nation, and the current health care bill mandates that we all buy insurance, whether we want to or not, thus taking away our freedom of choice.

Both sides have some good points. We need change. But there are other issues that impact our health care quality and expenses that are rarely discussed by the media and in debates.

For example, The standard medical treatments offered in the US is allopathic medicine, which gives you three options: diagnostic tests, drugs and surgery. Those are your only options. Sometimes these are life saving, especially in traumatic injuries. Allopathic medicine shines in heroic, life saving procedures.

But today, most of our illnesses are chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. These conditions don’t go away with pills or surgery. The best our doctors can do is manage the disease with drugs. We don’t really heal, we just manage symptoms so we can get by. Often our quality of life is diminished, and we can have drug side effects, which leads to more drugs to deal with the side effects!

The current health care bill mandates allopathic treatments. But what about alternative medicine? There are many ways to treat the body besides drugs and surgery: herbal healing, chiropractic, energy medicine, homeopathics, vitamin therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage therapy, hypnosis, dietary therapy, mind- body healing, flower essences, and more.

Many people are willing to pay for these natural treatments, out of their own pockets, with no insurance reimbursement. I know, I am one of them! I have always been attracted to natural remedies. I love plants and nature and I feel their healing potential for balance, harmony and wholeness. I’m a whole foods chef. Homepathics, energy medicine and herbs work for me.

With the health care mandates, will I be forced to pay for allopathic screenings, even though I don’t need radiation diagnostics, drugs or surgery? I am convinced that for my body, these remedies can be dangerous. I have a big question mark here, as natural medicine is not addressed at all in the health care bill. It is assumed that we all want allopathic care. Not so!

Another issue rarely addressed is how the quality of our food supply is contributing to the majority of our illnesses.

According to health researcher and best selling author Michael Pollen, 75% of our health care expenses are spent on chronic illnesses, and that’s our true health care crisis. Chronic illnesses caused by poor diet is what is bankrupting the country.

If we want to have true health, we must clean up our food supply. Poor quality foods contributes to diabetes, cancer and heat disease. Today the average grocery store is full of processed foods, genetically modified ingredients in processed foods, MSG, aspartame and other excitotoxins, and hormone filled meat and dairy. And so-called diet foods often are the worst offenders!

Processed foods make us sick and fat, so then we go to the the doctor to get drugs for all our symptoms caused by our poor food choices.

The current US food policy subsidizes corn and soy, which are in almost all fast foods and processed foods as soy lecithin, corn oil, high fructose corn syrup, soy oil, isolated soy protein, and other ingredients from soy and corn. Making processed foods with corn and soy is cheap. So we have the case where a McDonalds burger is cheaper than fresh vegetables. No wonder we are fat!

If we happen to have enough money, we can choose fresh foods, organic food and farmers markets. But not everyone has access to fresh foods, and organics is expensive. Food policy must be changed to encourage fresh food, and we need urban gardens. Fortunately some people are waking up to the importance of fresh food, and some organizations are creating urban gardens and teaching children about where food comes from.

So to truly have a healthy country and affordable health care, we need a new food policy, access to good quality foods, more farmers markets, and the freedom to choose natural remedies.

Fortunately, most of us can buy fresh produce at the grocery, and we can learn from doctors who support natural medicine and are raising awareness about food and natural remedies. We can learn from Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Joseph Mercola. We can research to make informed choices and eat well. It takes some effort and personal research, but we can choose a healthy lifestyle.

The way it is now, the health care debates are leaving out the most important health care issues: food policy, food quality, access to healthy foods, and natural medicines! It is time to look at these issues and broaden the health care discussion.

A Concerned Citizen’s Opinion on Health Care

I am not a certified expert on health care or health insurance. I am not political. I am not a doctor. But I am an American Citizen, I pay for health insurance and I use health care. Based on the very high cost of health care in this country, the rising costs of health care insurance and the proposed solutions that are coming out of our nation’s capital (from both sides of the aisle), I think I am as much of an expert on health care and health insurance as our politicians are.

The fundamental problems Americans are really having are with health care costs, not health insurance. Why is health insurance being regulated and the actual cost of health care not addressed at all?

The fact that an entire industry (insurance) has been created to act as a replacement for affordable health care costs should clearly indicate the real issue is the cost of health care, not the cost or availability of health insurance.

Additionally, the fact that health insurance is a multi-billion industry and one of the most profitable sectors in our economy would seem to indicate that there is plenty of money that Americans have that could go toward paying actual health care costs-especially if the costs themselves were more in line and not so over inflated (yeah, I know the party line that doctors have to charge more because of medical tort-I’ll get to that).

But, without getting into the economics of the statement above, let’s assume that we can’t afford health care. If that is the case, what is the cause?

Let’s separate the problem into two parts*, 1. Cost of treatment and 2. Cost of drugs. So we have two industries here, the Medical community and the Pharmaceutical industry.

Let’s address the Medical Community. Based on simple economics one can deduce that a large part of the problem of medical cost is a matter of supply and demand. There are not enough doctors to take care of the population, thus medical professionals charge more simply because they can.

According to an April 2010 article in the WSJ “Experts warn there won’t be enough doctors to treat the millions of people newly insured under the law (Obama Care). At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges…”

If the government is compelled to intervene in the nation’s business for the sake of saving lives, then a better governmental solution to the health care dilemma is to create programs that promote the making of more doctors and placing them where they are most needed.

This could be a voluntary program such as paying for (very) qualified individual’s medical educations. These individuals would get to choose certain specialties (not ones like cosmetic surgery) that were offered by the program guidelines and, upon graduation, would have to “work off” their educational costs by practicing in select parts of the country where they were most needed for a finite period of time. The details of such a program would have to be worked out, but as a solution it directly addresses a large part of the problem, i.e., a shortage of doctors – a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the coming years.

Over the period of one or two (at most) decades we could have enough physicians to not only adequately care for the population, but enough doctors that “supply and demand” would bring medical fees in line with what the general population could afford. Some doctors may have to give up their Porsches’ and limit the number of vacations they take, but they shouldn’t be in that profession if they are only money motivated anyway.

The other major cause of exorbitant health care costs are medications-drugs-pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceutical companies constitute the most profitable industry in America.

The pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying efforts are unparalleled. Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer organization, estimates that the drug companies have well over 300 paid lobbyists on Capitol Hill – more than one lobbyist for every two members of the U.S. Congress. They spend more than any other industry in political advertising. They spend tens of millions of dollars each year for political advertising to prevent Congress from passing meaningful prescription drug reform.

If there was an area where the government should intervene in order to save lives and in the name of the welfare of this nation, it is in the pharmaceutical industry’s business practices.

These are just my thoughts on the matter; I have never heard these ideas intelligently addressed by any politician in all the endless droning regarding health care that has been going on for the last two years. I know there may be some gaps in what I’ve written and there may be much better solutions than what I quickly jotted down. But the point of this is that we (you) need to really hold our government’s feet to the fire and not be sheep. We need our representatives to really confront the issues, not just glibly parrot talking points that either do nothing or make matters worse.

Do your own research, look into matters that concern and affect you personally. Don’t let the talking heads on T.V. solely shape your view of the world. If something concerns you, look into it and then write about it.

*Medical tort is a third factor that will have to be addressed to reform medical costs. My opinion on this is simple. Great doctors don’t kill or maim people. If we only had great doctors there would be no need for lawsuits. Instead of suing doctors for negligence, simply create a system that takes licenses quickly away from bad doctors. If a doctor kills a patient or ruins the patient’s life through negligence, then he/she loses their license-this will ensure doctor’s standards are always high and that bad doctors get weeded out of the system.

Online Health Care Schools

When pursuing a professional career you can begin by learning about online health care schools and the training possibilities. Accredited higher education and distance learning programs can provide the training that is needed for you to pursue your dream occupation. Before selecting an online school to enroll in, you should make sure that you have obtained all the information necessary to choose the correct career training path. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to preparing for a future in health care.

Option 1

Associate degrees can be obtained through accredited online health care schools to help you pursue an entry level career. This level of training can be completed to help you enter into areas like health education, sciences, and more. Choosing to obtain an associate degree will help you learn a number of specialized skills by providing training in a number of topics. You can obtain this degree by completing two years of accredited schooling, or further your education by pursuing a higher degree.

Option 2

The second option that is available through online learning is a bachelor level degree. You can spend approximately four years training at this level. Accredited online health care schools can prepare you for work as a health information technician, physician assistant, and other occupations. The coursework that will be provided will depend on the path you choose to follow and the profession you decide to enter. Training can be continued at the master degree level if you wish.

Option 3

Pursuing a master degree in health care through an online school will provide you with a number of career prospects. You can learn to work in health information, physician assisting, public health, health sciences, and much more. In order to receive a degree at this level, you will need to complete a total of six years of training. Online training will cover different topics that are relevant to the career you will be entering into. You can study at the doctoral degree level once you receive a master level degree.

Option 4

The fourth option that is available to you in health care is to obtain an online doctorates degree. This can be done by choosing an accredited school or college and completing the required training. Training typically takes eight years for completion and can help you enter a career as a health information technician, educator, and medical professional, or other occupation. Accredited training through distance learning can help you gain the skills for success by allowing you to study various coursework at your convenience.

The coursework that will be covered through online training can vary depending on the career and degree that you wish to pursue. There are a number of areas that must be covered for all levels of training and careers. You can study online for behavioral sciences, environmental health, nutrition, anatomy, and more. In the health care field some programs may require hands on training in addition to online schooling, due to the depth of the subject. Some hands on training may include the study of physical therapy, exercise, wound care, and more.