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Introducing Health Care Policy and Economics

Learning Objectives
1. Define the core principles of the formation and implementation of health care policy in the United States
2. Explain the economic aspects of the U.S. health care system
3. Describe how health care professionals, health plans and patients affect health care spending
4. Identify central themes of health care reform in the U.S. over the last century and how they relate to the main components of the Affordable Care Act
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Health system reform didn't begin with the Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. It has a long, complicated history and a complex future. Understanding health policy and economics and the links between the two requires the following: 1) defining the core principles of the formation and implementation of health policy in the United States; 2) exploring the economic aspects of the U.S. health care system; 3) looking at how health care professionals, health plans, and patients affect health care spending; and 4) identifying central themes of health care reform in the U.S. over the last century.

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The AMA Health Systems Science Learning Series
Deepen your knowledge on how health care is delivered, how health care professionals work together to deliver that care, and how the health system can improve patient care and health care delivery. Learn more

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