Unit 1 – Assignments



Assignment 1

Please list 6 reasons why the U.S. health care market referred to as “imperfect: and briefly explain each one.

Assignment 2

Why is the intermediary role of insurance in the delivery of health care important?

Assignment 3

Who are the major players in the health care system?  What are the positive and negative effects of the often-conflicting self-interests of these players?

Assignment 4

What main roles does the government play in the U.S. health services systems?  Do you feel the government should become more or less involved in the future?  Why or why not?

Assignment 5


What is the difference between national health insurance (NHI), national health system (NHS) and socialized health insurance (SHI)?

Assignment 6

What is the purpose of systems framework?  Name and discuss each of the main elements of the systems framework.




Assignment 7 – Unit  Terminology


The following terms are important to understand for this unit.  Please define each term – and submit them to me with your Unit assignments.



  1. Access
  2. Capitation
  3. Free market
  4. Integrated delivery system
  5. Item-based pricing
  6. Long-term care
  7. Managed care
  8. Market justice
  9. Medicaid
  10. Need
  11.  Social justice
  12. Socialized Medicine
  13. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  15. Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs)


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