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Why is it important to understand the historical evolution of the healthcare system?

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Somewhat complex question, indeed. Please refer to my response attached. I hope this helps and take care.


1. Why is it important to understand the historical evolution of the healthcare system?

I ran across an excellent quote using the search words "historical evolution of the healthcare system" using the Goggle search engine (my favorite search engine is Google, as it seems to bring the most important "hits" or sites to the top of the list and I received thousands of "hits," so not to worry, as there is a lot of information out there about our topic), which is a good place to start as this author clearly understands the importance of considering past decisions and pitfalls, which act as a guide for present decision, and in this case, the healthcare decisions:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana(16) (1)

Clearly, it is imperative to understand the evolution of healthcare system for a number of reasons.

-First, in order to move ahead toward positive change, we must first understand the important health and societal issues that have shaped and are still shaping the emerging field of healthcare. Like other organizations, in order to envision the future, one must first know where it has been and what worked and what did not work. It is, thus, important to remember the many historical birth pains of healthcare sector, such as the transition of the health sector from the economic backwater to a major component of the modern economy, together with the ongoing changes, which are radically transforming the way in which health services are financed and delivered. (1)

-For example, traditionally dominant small-sized and ...

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This solution discusses why it is important to understand the historical evolution of the healthcare system. Supplemented with a more detailed historical background of the healthcare system.