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Healthcare Policy in America

Learn about BlueCross and BlueShield, healthcare plans, and how drugs are paid for, with this healthcare policy course.

Publisher: Khan Academy
This free online health policy course gives an overview of healthcare policy in the USA. Healthcare policy is how we ensure that people are cared for when they are ill, in this course you will learn about how healthcare is administered depending on the number and quality of hospitals, doctors, and medical equipment available. You will also learn the importance of a drug development budget and the role of insurance companies.
Healthcare Policy in America
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BlueShield was started by doctors in the U.S.A. who wanted to set up a healthcare plan and to help their patients get coverage for healthcare, while BlueCross was started by the hospitals separately from BlueShield. This course begins by discussing the history and the role of BlueCross and BlueShield in the healthcare system in the U.S.A. It will also discuss drug pricing and make a comparison between healthcare costs in the US and Europe.

You will then look into healthcare policy in America and learn what the main figures in this system are doing. This course will also discuss physician payment which includes the fee for service, capitation which is a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person, and salary. Finally, you will get an overview of Medicare which is a healthcare program or an insurance program for people who are retired.

They say that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. This course will give you a good understanding of the American healthcare system. You will learn that having health insurance can help people avoid being stuck with large medical bills and help them access the care they need to improve or manage their health. So, check out the course and learn more about the role of BlueCross and BlueShield in America's healthcare system, today.

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