Essay about Health Care

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Healthcare Law, Policy, and Advocacy,
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LaToya C. Hicks
01/26/2010
Module 1
Health Policymaking in the U.S. by Longest
Chapter 1
Discussion Questions

1. Define health. What are the determinants of health in humans?
Health is defined as the “state of complete mental, physical, and social well-being that is necessary to live a meaniful and productive life. Health determinants are the physical, behavior along with biological, social factors that affects a person’s health.

2. Define public policies and health policies.
Public policies is defined as the “authoritative decisions made in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of government that are intended to direct or influence the actions, behaviors or decisions of
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Such affects causes an increase in disease such as lung cancer, chemical burns, hearing difficulties and increase hospitalizations. This means that the federal government must pay out more in healthcare expenses. However, effective health policies would eliminate certain aspects of health expenses.
2. Discuss the impact of health policies on human behavior and biology. Human behavior and biology are basically the human chemical(biology) along with choices that are made. For example, human behavior would be an individual that choose to smoke and have unprotected sex. Factors that often times lead to individuals desire to drink, smoke, and have unprotected sex are things such as depression, stress and anger. Also the fact that some individuals have a genetic predisposition that influence such desires. Health policies are established to prevent or limit such activities. Today, we have smoke free restaurants and hospitals. Healthcare providers also give out literature to educate patients on the harmful effects of smoking, drinking and unprotected sex.
3. Discuss the impact of health policies on the social factors that help determine health. Health policies such as parenting classes, comprehensive preschools along with housing improvements and disease prevention all help lower the factors that contribute to unhealthy adults and children. Social factors such as poverty, unemployment, and lack of

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