– Refer to Your Opinion Matters: Who Should Determine Medical Quality—The Profession or a Government Oversight Body? Can a provider and patient make quality decisions together, or must a third party intercede?
-Address the tension between government regulation and reimbursement of health care and the decisions patients make with their physicians regarding treatment.
-Identify and discuss the characteristics of federal and state governments that make regulation anti-competitive.
-Refer to Vignette: How Do We Determine Care Is of High Quality? What are some of the factors you would address to determine whether Amy is providing quality care? How would you measure the kind of quality she produces?
-How does prescribing unnecessary medication increase health care costs? What are some other negative consequences?