HCA 315 Week 5 Discussion | Southwestern College

HCA 315 Week 5 Discussion | Southwestern College

Unit 5 Discussion

Technology has afforded more opportunities for consumers to seek and receive medical services.  According to Dewar " Technology, rather than market failure, appears to be the main cause of the increase in the cost of health care. Countries that have succeeded in controlling healthcare costs to a greater extent than the United States have done so largely through direct price controls and/or limiting the diffusion of technology. However, there are a number of inefficiencies in the system that should be overcome, with the help of the high level of information technology available."

·         Do you agree with the above statement?  Are there holes in the statement/theory?  If so-identify and discuss.

·         Is there value-added with technological change?

Discuss how you would solve the issue of professional manpower shortages and what would be the economic effect on the healthcare system with this solution?  Please include the following in your discussion:

·         Alternatives to the current traditional healthcare system within the United States, i.e. doctors appointments within a brick-and-mortar facility. 

·         The impact that Tele-Health/Tele-Medicine/Virtual Healthcare. is having on the delivery of healthcare, i.e. Dr. Appointments, Psychological evaluations, monitoring of blood sugar, Eyeglass prescriptions, etc. 

o    How do you measure the contribution of technological change?

                        How hospitals and healthcare providers are delivering care to those who have limited or no access to healthcare due to being home-bound, lack of providers, or in rural areas. 


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