To complete this Application, write a 3- to 4-page paper that addresses the following:
- Describe the health care issue you selected. Explain why this issue is important, in terms of access, affordability, quality, and safety.
- Identify a health policy that is related to the health issue you selected. Explain its intended purpose and indicate the source of the policy (i.e., state law, federal law, accreditation organization, etc.)
- Cite and summarize the articles you selected.
- Analyze what the literature says about the impact of the policy, in terms of cost, affordability, access, quality, and safety.
Application: The Practical Role of Policy
What has health policy done for me lately?
Developing health care policy is often an exercise in balancing competing interests, many of them political. The policy is often the product of elaborate negotiations between many interested parties. It is sometimes difficult for individuals to see the connection between health care policies and their own personal health. In short, people ask, "What does health policy mean to me?"
This Application will give you an opportunity to delve a little deeper into the practical role of policy, by examining a health policy issue that is of particular interest to you.