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As a public health professional, you may be expected to research, analyze, and communicate important policies. For example, as a state health department employee, you may design an educational campaign to encourage people to get particular vaccinations updated. If you were asked to make your case to the health department leadership about the benefit of this kind of program, you would need to realize that some individuals will use Medicaid benefits for coverage. What is the value to the state for Medicaid to pay for this? Often, research and policy analysis will target key stakeholders in leadership or regulatory positions.
There are several dynamics in public payment mechanisms, which are currently one of the largest parts of the United States federal budgetary outlay. What they do and who they serve makes them unlike any other system in this country or the world. A familiarity with various kinds of organizations, structures, and functions of public health and health-related systems and their regulatory systems will set the stage for how aspects of Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP can work.
For this assignment, you compare the organization, structure, and function of health care, public health, and regulatory systems across national and international settings and you research a pre-selected topic relevant to public payment mechanisms in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Then, you analyze the potential impact of the payment policy in a specific setting and look at the payment policy against a broader perspective.
To prepare: Review the pre-selected topic focused on public payment systems, Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP.

***Some presidential candidates in the U.S. are proposing Medicare-for-all. Focus your answer the different components of the paper to why Medicare may (or may not be) the best public payment mechanism to expand.  Compare it to Medicaid and an international payment mechanism.  Feel free to bring in campaign material from various candidates.***

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To complete: Submit a 4-5 page paper on the pre-assigned topic, not including title page and references, that addresses the bullet points below.

Title page, including name, date, course and section, and title
Include section headers for each section, below.

Describe the organization, structure, and function of health care delivery system in the United States, providing specific examples of how these services could be offered. What are some of the key regulatory systems for healthcare in the United States? Why do we have the clinical preventive services and by what authority can they be required?
Describe the organization, structure, and function of public health in the United States, providing examples, and comparing and contrasting it to health care. What are some of the key regulatory systems for public health in the United States? What about public health would ensure support for these services and why should public health systems promote this health care mechanism?
Choose a specific international setting and discuss the organization, structure, and function of health care in that region or country, providing specific examples. What regulatory systems exist for healthcare in this region or country that would help establish some sort of precedent for coverage of these services?
o Discuss the organization, structure, and function of public health in that same region or country, providing specific examples. What regulatory systems exist for public health in this region or country?
Explain how public payment is implemented in your prior chosen country or region.
Conclude with a take-home message for the similarities and differences between the United States and your chosen international setting for the organization, structure, and function of health care and public health and its regulation.

Cite the sources in your text, wherever you referred to them.
Include an APA formatted reference list.

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