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Ch. 13 Assignment 1. What is health policy? How can health policies be used as regulatory or allocative tools? Health policy is the principles that characterize the distribution of resources, services and political influences that impact the health of the population. They can be used by the government to prescribe and control the behavior of a particular target group by monitoring the group and imposing sanctions if it fails to comply. They can also be used as allocative when they involve the direct provision of income, services, or goods to certain groups of individuals or institutions. 2. What are the principal features of U.S. health policy? Why do these features characterize U.S. health policy? The principal feature of the US health policy: government subsidiary to the private sector, fragmented, incremental, piecemeal policies, interest groups as demanders of policy, pluralistic, decentralized role of the states. These features often interact to influence the development and evolution of health policies.
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