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    1) What are the differences between legislation and regulation?

    2) What role does the judicial system currently play regarding health care delivery? Provide examples.

    3) What role can individuals play in health policy development or legislative changes?

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    Interesting questions! Let's take a closer look through discussion and example.


    1) What are the differences between legislation and regulation?

    By definition the two concepts are different.

    For example, legislation is a proposed or enacted law or group of laws. It is the act or process of legislating or lawmaking. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/regulation). For example, a recent legislation that has had an impact on the way we provide health care is the Medicare Act of 2003, as seen in the following quote:

    "With the Medicare Act of 2003, our government is finally bringing prescription drug coverage to the seniors of America. With this law, we're giving older Americans better choices and more control over their health care, so they can receive the modern medical care they deserve...Our nation has the best health care system in the world. And we want our seniors to share in the benefits of that system. Our nation has made a promise, a solemn promise to America's seniors. We have pledged to help our citizens find affordable medical care in the later years of life. Lyndon Johnson established that commitment by signing the Medicare Act of 1965. And today, by reforming and modernizing this vital program, we are honoring the commitments of Medicare to all our seniors." President George W. Bush, White House Press Release, 12/08/2003

    On the other hand, a regulation is a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior; "it was his rule to take a walk before breakfast"; "have a fire escape exit door in a hospital." In politics, it is the act of controlling or directing according to rule; "fiscal regulations are in the hands of politicians. In healthcare, the health safety ...

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    This solution explains the differences between legislation and regulation; the role the judicial system currently plays regarding health care delivery e.g. with examples; as well as the role that individuals can play in health policy development or legislative changes.