On the basis of the knowledge you have gained from your readings, respond to the following:
- Explore the historical relationship between the cost of healthcare and outcomes in the U.S. and the cost of healthcare and outcomes in another country. What policies could be considered to assist in shifting the curve of the relationship between costs and outcomes to a more efficient relationship in the U.S.? Please justify your answer.
- As the practitioners of one of the noblest professions, doctors should focus their energies in giving appropriate outcome-based interventions as compared to following rules set by committees like clinical guidelines and following evidence-based practices. Do you agree or disagree? Justify using examples.
- Healthcare costs are expensive because of the lawsuits filed against physicians and hospitals. Do you agree or disagree? Justify using examples.
Do you support tort reform in the U.S. to curb the growth of malpractice suites and premiums? Explain why or why not.