Considering the increasing amounts of development in the medical sector, healthcare policies have a great significance in modern society. Notably, it helps in standardizing the entire health sector, setting clear expectations, ensures the provision of quality care, aids in reducing errors and also mitigates risks and enables different parties and players in the industry to understand their responsibilities (Leichter n.p). Additionally, it has distinct impacts on healthcare determinants such as the social environment, health services, medical care, individual behavior as well as biology and genetics (Longest n.p). For instance, it stipulates the types of medical care and health services that can be used by practitioners. It also affects individual behaviors that may pose a risk to the general community such as smoking, substance abuse, and poor diet.
|Forms of health care policy.
|Example of each form identified.
|Classification to categories of health care policy.
|1. judicial decisions
|Supreme Court ruling in 2000; FDA cannot regulate tobacco
|The decisions are aimed at benefiting or affect only a certain group of people in the society to promote the objectives of the public.
|Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act
|Laws are aimed at influencing different aspects including behaviors, actions and decisions of others with the aim of promoting public goals.
|3. rules and regulations
|procedures for licensing physicians in every state
|Rules are regulations primarily are designed to control specific actions, decisions and behaviors to promote public interests and objectives.
|4. operational decisions
|Food and drug administration
|Operational decisions are usually made to support a section of the society or organizations whose actions are deemed helpful to the public.
The forms of healthcare policies cover different areas of healthcare including regulators. With the increasing innovations, challenges, and adoption of technology in the medical sector, the relevant authorities are forced to design regulations that aid in protecting the general public from any harm that may be promoted by the emerging factors (Ballotpedia n.p). As such, forms such as judicial decisions may be used to develop policies that not only promote public interest but also protect them from exploitation. Using this method, it would be easier to identify gaps in the society that require regulation and to develop effective policies to guard them.
Longest, Beaufort Jr. Health Policymaking in the United States . 6th ed., Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL, 2015.
Leichter, Howard M. Free to be foolish: politics and health promotion in the United States and Great Britain. Vol. 1185. Princeton University Press, 2014.
Ballotpedia. “Healthcare Policy in the United States.” Ballotpedia, 2018, ballotpedia.org/Healthcare_policy_in_the_United_States.