HCA 200 The United States Health Care System
3 Semester Units
The U.S. Health Care System is designed to introduce students to the organization, structure, and operation of the nation’s health care system. This course aims to help students effectively identify their present and future roles as consumer, provider, manager, decision- maker, and analyst. The class examines an overview of the health care system, causes and characteristics of health service utilization, the nature of wellness and disease, individual provider settings, financial and nonfinancial resources used and needed, and measurement of quality of care.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of those factors that make health care delivery in the United States unique.
- Discuss the relationship between health care and the economy.
- Describe the role of the government on the delivery of health care in the United States.
Discuss the impact of the “Aging of America” on the delivery and cost of health care.
- Identify major challenges for our health care system of the future and formulate strategies to meet these challenges.