To prepare for this assignment:

  • You will consider how the control of health care delivery has shifted over time from the preindustrial era until today.
  • Think about the changing roles and responsibilities of various individuals and institutions, such as:
    • Physicians
    • Hospitals
    • Insurers/managed-care organizations
    • Regulators
    • Government payers (Medicare and Medicaid)
  • Also, consider how the issue provides opportunities and challenges for healthcare administrators.

To complete this assignment, address the following questions:

  • What are the historical forces on the healthcare delivery system, or who controls health care in the United States today?  Why?
  • How has this changed over time?
  • What insights does this topic give you with regard to opportunities and challenges for health care administrators in today’s organizations?

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