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Discussion: Best Practices in Global Population Health
When you are evaluating best practices for your health care facility, you may have to think outside of the box. Throughout the course, you have considered options for your local community, rural communities, urban communities, etc. What do you do, however, if you have to make decisions on the national level? You should evaluate the best practices of other countries. For example, Dr. Victor. G. Rodwin (2003) researched the health care systems of France to discover best practices for the United States. He said:
The French health system combines universal coverage with a public–private mix of hospital and ambulatory care and a higher volume of service provision than in the United States. Although the system is far from perfect, its indicators of health status and consumer satisfaction are high; its expenditures, as a share of gross domestic product, are far lower than in the United States; and patients have an extraordinary degree of choice among providers.
As a national health care administrator, you will want to research multiple countries to discover the strengths and weaknesses of universal coverage before proposing a national health initiative. In this Discussion, you research the best practices from other countries dealing with population health care management. Explain what insights you can gain from them and apply those best practices as solutions to your country’s population health issues.
To prepare for this Discussion, select a country other than France that is dealing with population health care management.
By Day 3
Post one best practice concerning population health care management from the country you selected. Then, describe how two political and/or cultural determinants impacted the country’s decision in population health care management. Finally, explain what insights you gained from your selected country to apply in your country.