Demanders of health care policy are those who wish for change. They look to legislators and
those who can effect change, to address specific challenges in health care delivery. Challenges can
include epidemiological concerns, like prescription drug abuse, STDs among teens and young adults, or
high rates of Type II Diabetes among U.S. adults. Demanders of health care policy often include those
groups with a voice, who are able to influence policy makers, or at least able to get the attention of
policy makers, to effect necessary change. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AMA,
and CDC are examples of demanders with the ability to influence health policy development. Other
demanders may include 3rd party payer groups, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers.
Typically, when groups advocate for policy ...
This is a brief discussion of the healthcare policy demanders and suppliers, who they are and what their roles are in the development and execution of healthcare policy.