THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.To prepare:• With this week’s Learning Resources in mind, consider this question: Is health care a right or a
As stated in the course text, Health Care Delivery in the United States, “the health care enterprise is
one of the most important parts of the U.S. social system and of our economic system as well” (Kovner
and Knickman, 2011, p. 4); however, with millions of citizens uninsured, rising costs, massive health
disparities, and the need to improve quality and access, many view health care as a broken system. As
such, it continues to be a significant political issue in the United States. Most agree that something
needs to be done to fix the health care system, but the methods and solutions for addressing problems
vary greatly, particularly with respect to the role government should play. Proponents of varying
approaches often have strong, emotional opinions, making compromise difficult.
In this Discussion, you will consider the role of government in health care, and you will examine the
impact of a social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue on health care delivery.
• With this week’s Learning Resources in mind, consider this question: Is health care a right or a
•Review the media presentation for this week, focusing on the role of the government in health care.
•Pinpoint a social, economic, technological, ethical, or legal issue that could, or has, affected
health care delivery in the United States.
•Locate a current article from the popular press (within the past 6 months) related to the health care
issue you identified. How does this article inform your understanding of the influence of your selected
issue in the health care debate?
Kovner, A. R., & Knickman, J. R. (Eds.). (2011). Health care delivery in the United States (10th ed.).
New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
•Erlen, J. (2010). Informed consent: Revisiting the issues. Orthopaedic Nursing, 29(4),
276–280.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
•Mullinix, C., & Bucholtz, D. (2009). Role and quality of nurse practitioner practice: A policy issue.
Nursing Outlook, 57(2), 93–98.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases
•Erlen, J. (2010). Informed consent: Revisiting the issues. Orthopaedic Nursing, 29(4), 276–280
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