Interest in Health Care
Health care has been a source of controversy in the United States. Many policy makers and think tanks have argued that the current status of health care in the United States needs a lot of improvement. A section of policy makers have opted for the initiation of more reform in the section lead to major legislation in both legislative houses like the Obama care bill. Though there is a split among policy makers about the exact framework that should be adopted in streamlining the health care, one of the things that remains paramount is the fact that there is an urgent need to make health care affordable to all. Access to health care is something that should be accessible to all regardless of the social economic status of the people in need of medical care. This controversy within health care has been one of the key forces that have spurred my interest of venturing into the health care sector. One of the things that is most interested in the field of health policy.
Though health care needs change, there is a need for both health care stake holders and the internal administrative is that the policy making process within health care has to be a collective endeavor that is inclusive of not only the legislative policy makers but also involves members of the general public and health care employees who might be most affected by any policies that are adopted within the field of health care. My interest in health care in health care policy is also caused by the fact that careers in health policy which would even include careers like health care lobbying are high paying. Considering that financial gain is a key driver in the choice of careers, a career in health care policy would be an important career in the service of community and personal financial wellbeing.
Areas interested in Pursing within health care
Health care has a variety of areas that are worth venturing into because of the skills that they institute within the learner but also because most of the areas are interconnected such that an employee can easily switch form one health care career to another. In my case health care policy and also health care administration is some of the key areas that I would be interested in pursuing. Careers in health care administration requires a wide variety of skills which include management, communication skills, and the ability to adequately control the inflow and outflow of resources within health care firms and institutions. This means that business administration would be one advantage for a person who would want to venture into a career in health care administration. I am also interested in a career in health care administration because it also allows a person to venture into private practice (Kronenfel, 2002, p.37). This means that with adequate administrative skills, it is easy for a person to in a position to start a private health care facility or institution. Health care in the private sector is of high quality compared to state controlled health care. This is because private enterprises specializing in health care tend to keep up high quality services so as to remain in business. On the other hand, because state controlled health care is funded by government, there is no incentive among employees and the administration to maintain high services because the public institutions are founded on the bases of service delivery and not profit making.
Health care policy on the hand is advantageous because they are many groups and factions within health care that have no voice in either the legislature or in other employee organizations like workers unions. This means that pursuing a career in health policy is marketable in terms of being a link between various stake holders and various parties that are involved(Marcus, 1997, p.61).Senate and Congress lobbyists specializing in health care have been instrumental in fighting for the rights of health care workers and the same time bargaining for better policies that are in favor of either health care insurance companies or institutions that do not comply with the set laws and regulations that do not meet the standards that have been set by the department of health. Pursuing a career in health care policy increases the connection between these factions and policy makers making it possible for the needs of various health care interest groups and health institutions to influence the way in which policy makers vote in key legislation that involve health care.
Demographic indicators & Resources about health care
Demographic indicate that not every person in the United States can be in a position to access health care. This is because some people are unemployed and therefore cannot afford the fee to be in a position to secure health care insurance (Green, 2007, p.41). In addition many war veterans in the United States have fought in wars to represent their countries but the current health care program does not grant them a guarantee for medical coverage for the injuries and the impairment that they obtain in the battle field. These incidences have intrigued me to pursue a career in either health care policy or health care administration. Some of the key resources, where information about the history of health care in the United States can be found, include medical journals, periodicals, and medical prints.
Green, S. (2007). Involving People in Healthcare Policy and Practice. Oxon, USA: Radcliffe Publishers.
Kronenfeld, J. J. (2002). Health Care Policy: Issues and Trends. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers.
Marcus, A. I. (1997). Health Care Policy in Contemporary America. Philadelphia, PA: Pennsylvania University Press.