Posted: November 11th, 2015
Assignment 2: The Healthcare Market
Use the Internet or Strayer online database to research the current health care
delivery structures—both private and public—within your state.
Write a 6-8 page paper in which you:
Analyze the current health care delivery structure in your state. Compare and
contrast the major determinants of healthcare market power.
Analyze the main competitive forces in the your healthcare delivery system in your
state, and compare the major factors that influence the fundamental manner in which
these competitive forces determine prices, supply and demand, quality of care,
consumerism, and providers’ compensation.
Evaluate the positive benefits and negative aspects, respectively, of HMO managed
care from the provider’s point of view—i.e., a physician and a healthcare facility
—and from a patient’s point of view. Provide a rationale for your response.
Assess the efficiency of the types of economic incentives available to providers in
the delivery of healthcare services in your own state.
Propose who bears the financial risk of a capitation payment system: the provider,
the patient, or the consumer-driven health plan itself.
Use at least five (5) current references. Three of these references must be from
current peer-reviewed sources to support and substantiate your comments and
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Explain how selected economic principles apply to the health care market and the
provision of health care services.
Analyze the factors that are influencing the demand and supply of health care
services in the U.S.
Assess current economic trends that influence the cost, quality, and access to
Use technology and information resources to research issues in health economics.
Write clearly and concisely about health economics using proper writing mechanics.
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