Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history and evolution of government involvement in health care into the present day.
  • Explain major government health care programs.
  • Identify important health care policy issues.
  • Discuss concerns over and actions to address rising health care costs.
  • Describe the role of managed care organizations.
  • Explain measures that can be taken to reduce health care costs.
  • Identify the role that quality of care plays in the health care system.
  • Analyze selected issues in health care policy.