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Name one (1) way each of the following has influenced health-care costs in the United States.
The medical insurance industry

Medical technology advancements

Demographic shifts in the United States

Government assistance for health care

Consumers’ expectations

If we accept the premises that the resources available to meet the costs of health care are finite, and that increasing dollars allocated for health care expenses carries “opportunity costs” for the nation and society, consider your position on the following: Should we allocate a fixed amount of resources and apply them to achieving “the greatest good for the greatest number” (necessarily leaving some out) as a national policy, or should we take the individualist approach of “those who can pay get, those who can’t pay don’t?”
What are some of the positive and negative aspects of “disease management programs” from the patient’s point of view?


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