What will have a greater effect on the future cost of health care in the United States: political and social changes or medicinal and technological advances? Support your response

  1. Who pays? Should health care be a privilege and each individual’s responsibility? Should you be allowed to decide if you want to spend your money on some form of health care insurance or use it for other purchases? Should you be allowed to decide that you live a healthy lifestyle, and you will pay out of pocket for your needs? If you get into a situation that is beyond your ability to pay, should you have to suffer the consequences? Should those consequences include permanent damage or death?

Is illness and infirmity a burden on society and health care for every citizen a right? Think of other rights extended to American citizens. We are entitled to free primary education, a safe food and water supply, public health surveillance for communicable diseases, and police and fire protection. These are all funded by public money, which comes from taxes. Should health care join that list? Is the average taxpayer willing to assume that burden?

If a public health care system is selected, who should be the administrator? Should the same people who run Medicare run a national health system? Is the Medicare system running well enough to be expanded to everyone? If a public option is selected, what happens to the current health care insurance industry? How would the transition from private to public be orchestrated?

The issues of how much and to whom is further complicated by the aging of the population and the rapid advance in health care technology. Both factors have contributed to marked increases in health care costs. How will anyone predict costs in the future? Is rationing health care the only solution? 200 words

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  1. What will have a greater effect on the future cost of health care in the United States: political and social changes or medicinal and technological advances? Support your response. Your response should be 200-300 words.  Please ensure to substantiate your response with scholarly sources or a personal account of your own experience in the work place.


  1. Crystal: I am thinking that medical and technological advances will have a greater effect on future cost of health care in the United States rather political and social changes.  The world already relies on technology for everything.  Look at today versus the early 1900’s.  House phones and pagers to cell phones, dial-up internet to now broad band.  Social networking sites like, facebook, linkedln, twitter and more many utilize for conversing, advertising, word of mouth, job search and more.  That does not even include some if the latest technology in health care.  Beginning with electronic health records, mHealth, telemedicine and teleheath, e-prescribing, to self-service kiosks.  More of the latest technology is still yet to come with the 2015 microchip modeling clinical trials that aim to replace the use of animals in clinical trials to more accurately test the safety and efficacy of treatment for human patients and spare the lives of countless animals typically used in testing, and Google Glass that connects to your smart phone and allows for video and images.  Soon the health care robots will be in all health care facilities.  Technology is only getting more better as the years go by. Do you agree or disagree with Crystal? Why or why not? 150 words


  1. The emergence of new disease may be another area of concern.  I would venture to say that in general, the cost of health care is not only what we see at face value, but also what goes on behind the scene.  The impact will exponentially come from all sectors not only social, but also technologically, in both the private and public sector.  Another area of great concern about the rise of health care is the baby boomer impact on health care in general and the social structure.  Do you think this is a problem that will cause great change? 150 words

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