The course introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery system. It reviews the historical evolution of the health care system’s features and examines the ways in which health care services are organized and delivered, the influences that affect health care public policy decisions, factors that determine priorities for the allocation of health care resources, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits. Course materials are drawn largely from the required text, supplemented by articles from the current literature. As appropriate, factual information is presented in its social, political and economic contexts to enhance understanding of the forces that shape the system and the evolving mandates for change. At the end of this course, students are expected to: 1. Have a broad and basic but concise understanding of how health care is delivered in the US. 2. Recognize and identify issues regarding equity and distribution of health services delivery in the US as well as the former’s implication on health policy development. 3. Name and identify the roles of different health care professions as well different stakeholders in the US healthcare system. 4. Possess the skills to explain the concepts and principles on how the health care system is financed in the US. 5. Identify each as well as provide details on how medical and allied health services including nutrition services are made available through the different modes and settings of health services delivery to the general population in the US.
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