HCA 315 Week 6 Discussion 1 | Southwestern College
Unit 6 Discussion 1
You are now more familiar with the current
healthcare system within the United States and the complex economic issues
that are involved. You've learned about the inefficiencies that exist and the
significant problem of rising costs and supply and demand in the United States.
According to Dewar, "The proportion of
GDP devoted to health care in the United States and other high-income countries
is likely to continue to rise with--
improving medical technology
the shifting of the age
distribution of the population
increases in longevity
and the fact that health care
tends to be a superior good
However, if cost-effectiveness is taken into
consideration, the trend in healthcare costs is much less alarming.
Programs to improve the overall health status of the population could also
reduce the proportion of GDP devoted to health care. Although there are many
types of market failures in the production and consumption of health care, the
rising costs of health care do not at present appear to be primarily the result
of market failure. Market failures in the production and delivery of health
care have been somewhat offset by the countervailing power of third-party
Do you agree with the above
statement? Are there holes in the statement/theory? If
so-identify and discuss.
Please include the following in your
If you were to develop the next
generation healthcare plan that was economically sound, what would it look
Would it allow insurance
companies, i.e. third-party payers, to dictate how and when and at what cost(s)
health care is administered?
Include in what sense Americans
have a right to medical care.
§ In what sense is access to medical care, not a
§ Discuss if you think an increase in the
average American income affects the level of health in the United
§ What about in a poorer country like Haiti?
Compare your plan to that of
Identify that country.
Provide information over the
type of healthcare system it has, i.e. Single-payer, Universal care, National
Include the elements of that
healthcare system in comparison to the U.S. elements.
Are consumers in this
identified country able to purchase additional insurance to supplement what
their country provides, if applicable?
Why is it so difficult to
determine which country has the best health system?
Describe the observable issues
related to the evaluation of the systems as well as possible ways to overcome
Original discussion forum posts:
Create a thread for
your original post identified with your name.
Prepare a quality,
substantive post that addresses the objectives of the discussion forum and the
expectations set forth in the grading rubric
evidence; such as direct applicable experience and expert sources.