Healthcare Policy and Law: Assignment 1
October 25, 2011
Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Contracts, and Civil Procedure
Description of Law
Laws are important because they keep the world civilized and a safe place to live for our families and loved ones. Without laws in place and enforced, the human race would be without structure and chaotic. If society did not have laws to inform what is not allowed, people would do whatever they want with no consequences. Laws are enacted to regulate human behavior for the benefit of society. They are designed to prevent harm to others while protecting the rights of individuals. Thus, it is important to understand the foundation of the United States legal system before one can appreciate or comprehend the specific laws and principles relating to heath care (Pozgar, 2012).
Additionally, laws consist primarily between public law and private law. Public law is that area of constitutional, administrative, criminal, and international law that focuses on the organization of the government, the relations between the state and its citizens, the responsibilities of government officials, and the relations between sister states. It is concerned with political matters, including the powers, rights, capacities, and duties of various levels of government and government officials. Public law refers to an act that applies to the public at large; as opposed to a private law that concerns private individual rights, duties, and liabilities (Farlex, 2011). Three sources from which law is derived
The three sources from which the law is derived are (1) Common Law refers to the body of principles that evolved and expanded from judicial decisions that arise during the trial of court cases (Pozgar, 2012). In the US, many Common Law practices originated from England. Law reflects to a large degree the civilization of those that live under it. Its progress and development are mirrors not merely of material...
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