Government Agencies and Health Policy

1530 Words Jun 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Kim Clayton HLT-205
April 17, 2016
Instructor: Deborah Conway

Government Agencies and Health Policy

The United States Health Care system has evolved from the home visit by the town doctor concept, to a more complex system of regulatory agencies, policies, rules and regulations that govern the practice and art of medicine. It is a system in which billions of dollars have been budgeted and dedicated to ensuring the country is delivering affordable, quality care. The ultimate goal of the U.S. system is making sure quality care is accessible to its consumers and is value added care that will result in clinical outcomes aimed at reducing the nation’s mortality rate and increasing or extending the average life expectancy. In
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With the expansion of it services, the CDC began to train public health staff on how to identify diseases that were a threat to the general public and how to protect the public from those diseases. The organization later found the need to expand their functions and with that expansion the agency evolved into what is now known as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Its mission is to: to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016) The current function and role of the CDC includes: responding to health threats; addressing health problems that may cause death or disability for citizens; utilizing technology to prevent disease; educate and promote healthy and safe behaviors; training