Health policy, politics, and perspectives (2nd field experience log)
Health policy is concerned with the development, implementation and evaluation of governmental strategies to improve access to health services, quality of care, outcomes, cost control and equity in healthcare. The current system has significant implications for healthcare delivery due to its complexity. It contributes significantly to rising costs as payers shift costs from those who use the most services (e.g., chronic disease patients) on to those using less (such as healthy individuals).
This creates an imbalance in resources that can lead to decreased access for some groups or widening disparities in outcomes across population subgroups. Additionally, consolidations between insurers and providers can also limit competition and reduce choice for consumers by creating monopolies or oligopolies with higher prices without necessarily resulting in improved care quality or outcomes. Therefore, health policies must work towards promoting fairness while balancing competing stakeholder interests so that everyone gets equitable access to basic services regardless of income level or other characteristics