Cost & Affordability

| January 4, 2016

Topic: Cost & Affordability
Order Description
Unit 3 Assignment
Unit outcomes addressed in this Assignment:
 Describe why it is important for health policymakers to be familiar with basic economic
concepts
 Explain the role of economics in health care
 Examine the use of economic models to help forecast the impact(s) of policy on health care
delivery
Course outcomes assessed/addressed in this Assignment:
HA415-2: Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of economic concepts within the
healthcare sector.
Cost and affordability are important factors in the successful delivery of healthcare to the people of
this country. Economics can offer a framework to study the implications of individual decision making
and help define the alternative mechanisms available to improve resource allocation. Sound policy
making is based on sound economic principles applied in a sensitive and uniform manner. Lessons
can be learned from basic economics lessons about human behavior and the way individuals make
decisions, respond to incentives, interact with each other and about the efficient allocation of scarce
resources.
Instructions
View the website below and analyze each area to determine what the information in the graphs are
telling us. Describe trends in the costs of care for treating specific prevalent conditions. Examine
the burden of health care costs on businesses and governments and the extent to which Americans
can afford needed care. Analyze trends in the efficiency of care delivery and the competitiveness of
the delivery system, key factors in keeping costs down that the information presented is telling us,
and the national picture this data presents. Formulate an innovative solution for at least two of
the issues you identify and explain how you could implement these solutions in a health care
facility.
The paper should be written in APA format and include at least three references in addition to the
website below. The references can also include the course textbook, and references from the KU
online library, or other online resources. The paper should be at least three pages in length, not
including the title page and references page.
Cost & Affordability
https://healthmeasures.aspe.hhs.gov/topic/B
Unit 3 [HA415: Health Care Policy and Economics]
Requirements
Describes trends in the costs of care for treating specific prevalent conditions.
Examines the burden of health care costs on businesses and governments and the extent to which
Americans can afford needed care.
Analyzes trends in the efficiency of care delivery and the competitiveness of the delivery system, key
factors in keeping costs down that the information presented is telling us, and the national picture
this data presents.
Please be sure to download the file “Writing Center Resources” from Doc Sharing to assist you with
meeting APA expectations for written Assignments.
Submitting Your Work
Put your responses in a Microsoft Word document. Save it in a location and with the proper naming
convention: username-CourseName-section-Unit 3_Assignment.doc (username is your Kaplan
username, section is your course section, 3 is your Unit number). When you are ready to submit it,
go to the Dropbox and complete the steps below:
1. Click the link that says “Submit an Assignment.”
2. In the “Submit to Basket” menu, select Unit 3: Assignment.
3. In the “Comments” field, make sure to add at least the title of your paper.
4. Click the “Add Attachments” button.
5. Follow the steps listed to attach your Word document.
To view your graded work, come back to the Dropbox or go to the Gradebook after your instructor
has evaluated it. Make sure that you save a copy of your submitted project

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