The United States
Healthcare Delivery System is coming under increased scrutiny
and criticism. Healthcare in the
United States is becoming increasingly difficult to
obtain, due mainly to increased cost, thus, becoming unreachable for
segments of society. Many people
see the need to restructure the entire
healthcare industry, while others see the solution in a continuing free
and market system.
are part of a bipartisan Healthcare Advisory Group (HAG), whose purpose
to examine all aspects of the United States Healthcare System. After
a thorough examination of the system currently in place, your task is to
any changes necessary to make healthcare more affordable and accessible
order to complete this Web Quest you will need to answer the following
role does the government play in healthcare?
MEDICARE and MEDICAID provide?
Is socialized medicine an alternative?
How does Canada’s healthcare delivery system compare to the
are prescription drugs so costly and why does their cost continue to rise?
part does the pharmaceutical industry play in the overall cost of
hospital and physician costs be controlled?
healthcare insurance put healthcare out of reach for many Americans?
Healthcare Advisory Group (HAG) will be divided into five groups for
Web Quest. Each group will be
assigned one area of the healthcare industry to
research and evaluate. The five
areas are as follows:
pharmaceutical industry and drug costs.
Government role in the healthcare industry including medicare and
medicaid as well as social security.
The insurance industry’s
role in costs and availability.
Hospital and physicians cost.
Canada’s socialized healthcare system.
Web Quest can be overwhelming in its scope.
Focus only on specific
information and facts needed.
When researching, the emphasis is on those
factors controlling/affecting costs of healthcare.
Research this project with
an unbiased opinion as to examining the current healthcare system in
and making any recommendations for reform.
The recommendations must
be manageable and realistic.
may also be helpful to get a firsthand view of the current situation by
speaking with a pharmacist, a physician, an insurance agent, and a
living on social security.
These individuals may provide you with some insight
and a different perspective on the healthcare industry.
of healthcare industry
is socialized medicine?"
project will be assessed using the following criteria:
the changes in the U.S. Healthcare Delivery System realistic?
your criticism of different aspects of the U.S. system based on fact
and not biased opinion?
you presented positive and negative aspects of the current system?
your rationale clear and supported by vaid information?
a result of this Web Quest, you discovered the various components of the
United States Healthcare Delivery System and the role each component
in the overall cost and quality of care. You also have a working
a contrasting healthcare system of socialized medicine as is used in
importantly, you have learned to analyze, evaluate and recommend
changes in one of the most complex healthcare systems in the world.
overall knowledge in the U.S. and Canadian systems made you a more
competent healthcare consumer.