Health Care Financing
Gail M. Biggers
Grand Canyon University: HCA 515 – O102
March 24, 2013
There are two broad approaches to financing health care: a market-based approach and a government-financed approach. For each approach, answer the following questions: 1. Who is provided access? Most government financed systems are inclined to make available for every person living in the nation with treatment which proposes access to some fundamental level of care. Majority of people pay for coverage through taxes and additional charges. In government financed health care the government may provide care itself such as the United Kingdom or they may contact other providers to do so ex: Germany and Japan or in the United States …show more content…
Language and education can also cause limitations in care especially immigrant populations. Financial barriers can prevent low income people from accessing care thus they do not see the doctor as often as they should or when they should. Patient or providers value system. In some cultures using modern medicine is the last recourse after exhausting traditional and spiritual methods.
6. What guides care decisions for patients?
What guides care decisions for patients is accessibility. Health literacy which involves the ability to understand, each evaluate use of health information. Low health literacy is associated with health inequalities. Providing patients with written information that is tailored to an individual needs can be helpful in reinforcing professionals’ explanations of health problems. Access to the internet and researching on medical websites such as Web MD helps in providing patients with information that can be used when discussing medical issues with their provider.
7. What is the quality of services?
The quality of services consists of achieving safe effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable care as well as costs.
8. Are there competitive options?
Most government financed health care systems do not use competition, but rather other