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Health Systems & the Factors affecting Health Care Delivery

1. How has the role of government changed in the U.S. health care system, and what future trends in government involvement do you anticipate?

2. Describe the differences in health care systems for the middle class, the poor, and the elderly.

3. How is health affected by behaviors, economics, and social structure?

4. Describe your view of the role of health care services in the nation's success and survival as a coherent demorcracy.

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1) The role of government has certainly changed in the U.S. healthcare system. Under the old government, there was more of a laissez-faire attitude with the health care system. Private insurance company premiums were skyrocketing, medication costs were out of control, and quality care was not always at arms reach for those who could not afford it. However, under this new government, I anticipate more involvement as a universal health care approach is in the making. The purpose of universal healthcare is to make health care affordable to everyone regardless of their socio-economic status. One example of this expected government involvement in health care is the drafting of H.R.3200, also referred to as the House Democrats' big health care reform bill. This bill was developed in an effort to lower the cost of health care by providing health coverage to those millions of Americans.

2) The middle class has access to the ...

Solution Summary

Various factors affect the delivery of health care, from socioeconomic status to government. The solution below offers an explanation of these relationships.