The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) is an American medical organization dedicated to helping people find the appropriate doctors that are qualified to correctly treat their joint or other musculoskeletal condition. The home page address of the AAOS website can be accessed at www.aaos.org. This website is designed to provide patients with all the information they need to understand the possible causes of their joint pain, muscle pain, other musculoskeletal condition that is causing them to have limited mobility or range of movement. A musculoskeletal condition is any disease, degenerative process, or result of injury that affects the body's joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons and muscles. A musculoskeletal condition involves pathology to these physical structures, directly due to injury or degenerative process, or indirectly due to a systemic disease or musculoskeletal condition. One of the purposes of the published multi-media offered by The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is to teach people how to recognize symptoms of specific joint condition, or to offer information as to their treatment options. For orthopedic conditions such as those that cause back pain, there are over a hundred possible causes of back pain, and hundreds of treatment options from the various healthcare systems to treat each one of them. The AAOS website and print materials attempt to teach people how to understand each treatment option, and percentages towards successful treatment.
Let's take a look at some of the sections of the AAOS website, including some of their latest published articles.
Will Medicare Work in a Private-Sector World? http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/may12/advocacy1.asp
The role of the public sector, namely the resources of the state and federal government, has long been a controversial subject in American Politics. In general, the democrats have long favored putting more resources into health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, while republicans have long sought to limit the amount of resources that were channeled into all entitlement programs other than Medicaid. The position of most democrats is that all American Citizens are deserving of healthcare, regardless of their economic status or ability to pay. The republicans, while recognizing the ideal reality of healthcare services for everyone, believe that the costs are just to much on the average American to offer universal healthcare services for all. The healthcare system as it exists now in the United States includes about 38% of healthcare dollars spend for public healthcare (Medicare and Medicaid), and the other 47% of healthcare dollars being spent from out of pocket dollars or healthcare insurance. In this article, renowned doctor such as William T. Obremskey, MD take a closer look at Medicare as is exists today and how it will affect all Americans in the near future, as the number of people seeking Medicare explodes along with baby boomer retirements and changing healthcare laws. In the past, all Americans, regardless or socioeconomic status, were eligible for the same types of Medicare services, and individuals had no choice as to whether or not they could invest in this system. The publishers of this article take a look at the potential costs and benefits of The Ryan-Wyden Plan, which would give people the choice of investing in traditional Medicare or a variety of private insurance plans.
Orthopedic Practice in the U.S. http://www.aaos.org/research/stats/Surgeonstats.asp
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers information about current trends in orthopedic medicine in the united states, and projected future trends. This article shows graphs and statistics on orthopedic surgeon density in specific regions of the united states. The chart on this web page showed that states such as Rhode Island and Alaska had a relatively high Surgeon Density per 100,000 people (11.01 and 12.31 respectively) while states such as Illinois and Nevada had a relatively low density (6.99 and 6.51) Surgeon density populations may affect the ability of patients to choose from among several doctors in their area, get second opinions, and wait times for diagnostic appointments and back surgeries.