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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 2: Brief History of Health Services Research (Page 4 of 40)

Questions Arising from Health Care Reform

In addition, numerous questions arose from this national debate, such as:

  • Who is responsible for providing health services? Is "health" the responsibility of the individual or the society represented by government, employers, unions, religious organizations, and other associations?
  • Who covers the cost?
  • What are the essential components of "good health" and "quality" health care? Is it medical care or conditions such as housing, employment, and nutrition that contribute most to a healthy population?

These questions and concerns dominate the landscape of ongoing health care debates.

View Key Projects and Milestones in Health Services Research.

Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss the questions raised above in the bulleted list. They raise important issues in health services. It is important to have as clear an idea of what the content of these bulleted items say and mean as possible. The more you know about the concerns of researchers, the public and policymakers the better able you will be to respond to difficult questions from any of these groups.
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