It isn’t too much of a surprise that many Americans are finding the cost of health care too high to be affordable. Having said that though, they are also happy with the quality of their health care.

It’s interesting to note that a recent survey of Americans about the health care system discovered that overall, people were pleased with the quality of the health care they received. On the other hand, the cost of health care was entirely a different matter. Cost is a flash point with many people in this recession and it should come as no shock that those being polled would respond to the higher costs of health care.

It’s not a secret that health care costs have gone up precipitously over the last few years, with seemingly no end in sight. Although with some of the recently announced changes to the system coming in 2010, the price pendulum may swing back to the point of being reasonable. And that’s the conundrum facing us today, the quality of our health care and what we should be expected to pay for it.

Two out of three people who were asked questions about their experiences with our health care system were pleased with the quality of care they received. With quality care however comes a hefty price tag, much like the saying, “You get what you pay for.” So it’s a bit of a dilemma for the system to also be condemned as not being very affordable, as in where does the system draw the line between quality and affordability? The poor affordability rating came from those who suffer from disabilities or other chronic conditions.

The number of people polled for this interesting survey was fairly representational of the American population at large, with close to 14% of those responding admitting they had no health care because they couldn’t afford it. This doesn’t address what they would do if they required health care and had to pay for the expenses incurred out of their own pockets. The respondents who did have health insurance mostly received it from an employer, who sponsored a group health care plan at their place of employment.

While the survey is valid in terms of being representational for the nation, it did not include a portion that asked people what they were willing to pay for quality health care. Quality health care and the skill to deliver it needs to be reimbursed in some manner, so the question is how to deal with that and ensure everyone has access to affordable health care.

You don’t have to make the terrible decision to send one of your loved ones to a hospital or nursing home; there is always the home health care option! Just think, you might even be able to save money by having a professional come to your home to take care of someone who has been hurt.

Home health care, in the most basic sense, is where a trained agent will come in and do all of the things that a patient would have needed at the hospital, but in the convenient setting of a home environment, where friends and family can be around as well to help things.

Some of the options for this type of care include things like wound care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and patient and caregiver educational information. People can also deal with IV’s, injections, nutrition, and the monitoring of serious conditions that just require a watchful eye, and not scrutiny by high-paid hospital staff.

There are all sorts of agencies that have home health care options. You’ll find companies ranging from tiny neighborhood ones to major corporate ones, and the options that you need will be clearly defined when you talk to any of them for the first time. Just don’t be scared to ask questions.

The home health care staff will take care of a patients eating and drinking, check on vitals like temperature, breathing, pain levels, amount of sleep they get, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, they can take care of things like basic cooking and cleaning, depending on the program you’ve set up for them.

You’ll always be made aware of your plan of care as well. Essentially, this is just a list of every detail of your health and how it relates to an agent. Time frames, equipment use, medication details, things like that. If anything changes in your condition, your plan of care will indicate that, so you can keep a record of how things have progressed over time.

Conditions for the home health care service should be constantly improving as well. Every new day will have something that happens, and each challenge should be approached as a way for them to make the overall service better. Staff should always be polite and well-informed as well, giving everyone in the system a chance to be as happy as possible.

Now that you have a basic understanding of how home health care works, do a little homework to find if there are local places that fit you needs, and you know that you’ll be ready to make the right decision if you’re ever put in the position to make a call.