I read an article in the New York Times entitled, “House Calls Are Making a Comback.” This article describes how doctors are advocating at home care for severely ill patients after prolonged hospital care. This is an extension of what insurance talk calls Home Health Care. Palliative Care as the article calls it, allows patients to be discharged from the hospital while still receiving necessary care in the home that is less expensive than extended hospital stays. This care also makes the patient less likely to have visit the emergency room or be readmitted to the hospital. The Affordable Care Act allows for hospital organizations to subsidize this care sometimes through grants lowering the cost for the patient.
Since the Affordable Care Act was put into affect, there have been a lot of complaints regarding how unaffordable health insurance is, while medical care costs can cause people to go into bankruptcy. The emphasis on providing the care that people need in a more affordable way will not only allow The Affordable Care Act to gain more approval, but gives the medical industry a better reputation regarding the cost of care. With medical insurances covering these services, coupled with the hospital subsidizes, palliative care can increase the quality of patient lives allowing those who can recover to heal, while those who are in the final stages of their lives get the necessary care all while being in the comfort of their own home.