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Health Care Financing - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, our expert health care policy instructors show you the basics of health care financing. Work through the chapter's short and engaging lessons to study topics like U.S. health care spending, health care reform policies, health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid and universal health care. You can access this chapter any time using your computer or mobile device, and when you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to reinforce your knowledge. You can also submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. By the end of the chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Identify types of U.S. health care spending
- Describe the foundations of health care financing in the U.S.
- Assess the roles and regulations of health care and health insurance
- Explain the functions of Medicare and Medicaid
- Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of universal health care
- Describe several U.S. health care reform policies
1. U.S. Healthcare Spending: Overview & Types
The United States spends trillions of dollars on healthcare each year. This lesson provides an overview of national spending on healthcare and discusses factors contributing to healthcare spending growth.
2. Health Care Financing in the United States
Both private and public insurance programs provide Americans with healthcare options, but require significant financial support and backing. Read this lesson to learn about the healthcare system, cost of coverage, and different means of financing the American healthcare system.
3. Health Insurance and Health Care: Overview, Roles & Regulations
This lesson will explain the major aspects of health insurance and its role in your health care costs. We will discuss premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, copays, and more!
4. Medicare and Medicaid: Definitions & Functions
This lesson will teach and define what Medicare and Medicaid are, what they are for, what they provide, and for whom they were established for. We'll also cover the four main parts of Medicare.
5. What Is Universal Health Care? - Definition, Pros and Cons
Did you know that there are over 45 million people in the United States who do not have health care? Learn more about universal health care, arguments that support universal health care, and arguments against it.
6. U.S. Health Care Reform: Definition & Policies
In this lesson, you will learn important definitions and policies that are currently driving healthcare reform. This is a hot topic that spans many spheres of government and the private sector, and is especially important for those looking for healthcare coverage. Let the journey begin!
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Other chapters within the Health 302: Health Services Policy course
- Introduction to Health & Public Policy
- Overview of the U.S. Health Care System
- Organization of Health Services & Systems
- Health Service Providers, Care & Delivery
- Public Health & U.S. Health Care
- U.S. Health Services & Policy
- Determinants in Health Policy
- Health Policy Development, Implementation & Impact
- Understanding Health Policy Analysis
- Analyzing Health Programs & Systems
- Health Policy Research
- Required Assignments for Health 302