1. The differences between the public and the private sectors give us insight into how
difficult it is to control expenditures in the healthcare system. Controlling expenditures is
widely discussed and provisions have been included in the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Analyze what has worked in the past to control
expenditures and what has not worked, and why or why not. What measures of the
PPACA are intended to control healthcare costs, improve access to care, and improve
quality of care. What do you feel will work and/or not work and why?
o Conduct basic research about the issue. Consider both current and historical
information, as applicable.
o Reflect on the issues. While there may be a relatively straightforward answer or
approach, consider the issues from different perspectives.
o Consider additional implications, impacts, etc. related to the issues.
2. By Wednesday, write a 250- to 350-word position (no more than one to two pages). Use
the Discuss tool to post your position to the Controlling Healthcare Expenditures topic.