The Policy Process Part 1
HCS/455 Health Care Policy: The pass and the future
Professor: Natsai Zhou
December 6, 2011
It is important to understand the policy-making process especially for advocates who plan what type of input is needed in order to have an impact on the final policy. There are a few interesting factors between health policy and social policy. The Social policy deals more with the distribution and maintenance of economic solvency, as well as the provision of services such as housing and transport to specific target groups such as the poor. While in health policy the focus is more on in meeting the health needs of a specific population. In the same manner health insurance policies perhaps were designed to transport to the same target groups as those designed by the social welfare sector. When advocating for a specific policy is important to have in mind that there will be existing policies and competing legislation priorities as well as conflicting positions on the subject that may create barriers. These different aspects are important to assess before proposing any kind of policy. Advocates that are key players and that can bring good criteria to the table are individuals that have been devoted to their profession. These individuals or advocates are more likely to be nurses, clinicians and administrators. Before any subject in healthcare is considered it has to go through an intense process. The focus of my paper will be based on the first three phases of how the process works with Medicare. The beginning of the process includes 3 individual parts. These 3 parts are composed of: the formulation stage, legislative stage, and the implementation stage. In the first part of the process all information and ideas are formed. During the implementation stage there is a lot of research, discussions and the gathering of information from different groups that are interested in the topic. During this part of the process long...
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