Prompt: What purpose does an understanding of the history of health care delivery serve? Which factor or factors have been predominant in shaping U.S. health care? What have been their effects?
Prompt: Compare and contrast 2 of the following major types of health services professionals: physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. Include their roles, training, practice requirements, and practice settings.
Prompt: Although medical technology brings numerous benefits, what have been some of the main challenges posed by the growing use of medical technology in the United States? Next, how do American cultural beliefs and values influence the use of medical technology?
Topic: Health Care Systems – Part I
Prompt: Define outpatient care. What are several key changes that have been instrumental in shifting the balance between inpatient and outpatient services? Why is it important for hospital administrators to regard outpatient care as a key component of their overall business strategy?
Topic: Health Care Systems – Part II
Prompt: Explain the growth of managed care that began in the 1980s. As a result, how has health care delivery evolved? Based on the literature, what does the future hold?
Topic: Cost, Access, and Quality
Prompt: Choose 2 different vulnerable and underserved populations. Describe their health needs, and summarize the major challenges they face. Next, what are the racial/ethnic minority categories in the United States? Compared with Caucasian Americans, what are the health challenges minorities face?
Topic: The Future of Health Services Delivery
Prompt: Explain why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 will fail to bring about universal access, even if it prevails.