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Managed Care Choice Variables

With managed care, the charges that can be made for a particular condition are often predetermined and fixed; hospitals make or lose money depending on whether they are able to treat the patient within the confines of the predetermined payment. This has resulted in pressure on health care providers to reduce staff, reduce length of hospital stay, and reduce services provided. Can a health care provider serve both the societyĆ¢??s need for cost containment and yet be the advocate for the patient as required by the basic principles of role duty and beneficence?

Write the best defense in answering "Yes."
Then write the best defense in answering "No."
State your personal choice and defend your choice.

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Yes, it is quite possible for health care providers to serve both society's need for cost containment, and yet to be the advocate for the patient, as required by the basic principle of role duty and beneficence. Many hospital administrators are very good at providing economical treatment for patients, that is within the confines of the predetermined payment, without any reduction in the quality of care that patients are provided. This is made possible by the fact that hospital managers and ...

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