Influence of Politics on Health Care Regulations, Laws, and Policies Politics in health care can affect care within two schools of thought conservative or liberal. Conservative ideology operates with fewer restrictions and acts upon supply and demand. The liberal method focuses on state and federal regulations. The liberal line of thinking also motions, without state or federal intervention a particular industry would fail or become lopsided. The supply and demand model has elevated the price of health care costs in America. Liberals have occupied the majority vote at the national level and legislative actions enacted the ACA. Politics has created a polarizing way of viewing access to health care in America. The political leaders were voicing their voters concerns at the national level influenced and supported the ACA into law. The ACA now affects laws at the national, state, and local levels changing health care in America. One aspect to mention here is the price of health care was the driving factor to the ACA. The political arena was the vehicle enabling the ACA to become legislative action and law. Roles and Impact of Governmental and Non-governmental Regulatory Agencies on Health Care Policy The role of government in health care is to ensure regulation and cost of services provided to patients does not become so expensive that health care is being outsourced to other countries reducing the American gross domestic product. Also, governmental and non- governmental regulatory agencies all work toward the same goal, which is to implement and enforce laws. Roles in non-governmental organizations are different because of adequate health care for all communities; the non-governmental clinics operate without profit to provide care to the rest of the nation. The public’s benefit is essential when assessing how regulatory agencies in health care can affect services provided to society. The ACA affects many non-governmental
HEALTH LAW, REGULATION, AND POLICY 6 organizations due to the expansion of the private insurance industry. Expanding the governmental reach on providing health care, more regulations are created under the ACA. Medicaid has grown, and eligibility for the Medicaid is available to more states after the signing of the ACA. Impact of Legislative Policy on Resources Allocation in the Health Care Industry A legislative policy provides guidance and information regarding how the ACA affects resources organic to the health care industry. Affordable health care in America was becoming limited because the demand exceeded the supply of affordable care available. Material capital whether it be clinics, hospitals or specialty care and human capital meaning nurses and doctors have become the limiting factors driving legislative policy. The ACA has affected resource allocation in many ways by allowing more patients to have access to care at any medical facilities of their choosing. The federal budget has allocated more financial capital within the health care industry because the ACA requires all Americans to have access to care. Also, the impact of the ACA and legislative policy has changed the business model in health care.
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