Assignment: Healthcare Costs HLT 205
Health care professionals must understand health care costs, access to care, and quality of care, as well as be able to articulate these issues. For this assignment, students will investigate the effects of cost and the issues associated with accessing quality care, both historically and in the future. In a 750-1,000 word paper, address the following topics for this assignment:
Determine the factors that contribute to the rising cost of health care. When did the rising cost of health care become an issue? Why do health-care costs keep rising? What steps can be taken to address this problem?
Determine the impact of cost on access to care. How has access to health care changed in the last decade? Can providers refuse to provide care to people who have certain payment methods, such as Medicaid? Do you believe that in the future, everyone will have access to health care?
Discuss the importance of providing high-quality care. How important is cost in determining quality of care? In terms of quality, what
does the future of health care look like?
This assignment requires two references (at a minimum) in addition to your textbook.
Remember that your title page and reference page are not included in this word count.
Prepare this assignment in accordance with the guidelines in the GCU Style Guide, which can be found in the Student Success Center.
A rubric is used for this assignment. Please review the rubric before beginning the assignment to become acquainted with the requirements for successful completion.
This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin. Please follow the steps outlined in the Student Success Center.
You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.
Large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are also unacceptable, waste trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.