DQ 1: With so many different stakeholders in the health care system, many with powerful political lobbies, it is understandable that the government has been unable to effectively address the problems of cost, access, and quality. With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the government has taken a step towards reshaping the health care system. Answer the following question: How will the PPACA reshape the health care system in terms of access, cost, and quality?
In spite of its impressive accomplishments, the U.S. health care system is fraught with problems and dilemmas. There is a growing concern that health care is a big, complex, unmanageable business. In this week
Health Care - General Health Care Cost, Quality, and Access . Sultz and Young (2011) note that there is currently a strong movement within the U.S. health care system to address “the seemingly unresolvable need to correct problems of access and cost without compromising the quality of care” (pg. 1). After viewing the required video Reinventing Healthcare-A Fred Friendly Seminar , discuss how one of the cases presented during the seminar is an example of the tension between cost, access, and quality. Highlight what you consider to be the biggest problem inherent in the system.
Stakeholders . Sultz and Young (2011) describe the various stakeholders in the U.S. health care system. Choose one of these stakeholders and describe their role, concerns, interests, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of their influence in the system. In what ways has this group contributed to rendering the current health care system as too complex and unmanageable? Discuss what you think this group could do to improve the current health care system.
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