This module provides an overview of the structure and history of health care including systems theory; how it is implemented; types of ownerships, facilities, and insurance plans; characteristics of managed care; and trends such as cost containment and the growth of technology. Students discuss affordable care and calculate health care costs based on several insurance plans.
Unit: Analyze Health Care Facilities
In this activity, students work in pairs to list facilities that employ health care workers. As a class, the students then discuss additional components of these facilities such as, services offered and who is served.
Unit: History of Health Care
In this unit, students will learn about: medical contributions of cultures throughout history, from Ancient Times through the Modern Era as they compare the beliefs regarding medicine, see the effect of Black on medical development, identify achievements of Hippocrates, Rhazes, and Lister, and learn how technology has improved medical treatment.
1. Ancient Times
2. Middle Ages and Renaissance
3. Industrial Revolution and Modern Era
Unit: Systems in Health Care
In this unit, students will learn about: systems theory and components as they evaluate a health care system per the systems theory, explore four ways to measure its success, recognize the three primary goals of a health care system, and compare private and public systems.
1. Systems Theory
2. Systems Theory in Health Care
3. National Health Care Systems
Unit: Health Care Delivery Systems
In this unit, students will learn about: multiple delivery systems with similar components, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, medical offices, and laboratories. They will recognize roles of government and nonprofit agencies, importance of organizational structure and line of authority, value of interdependence, and current trends in health care systems.
1. Health Care Facilities
2. Government and Nonprofit Agencies
3. Organizational Structure
4. Health Care Trends
Unit: Health Insurance
In this unit, students will learn about: health insurance as they define terms such as premium, deductible, and co-payment. They will identify characteristics of managed care, calculate health care costs based on insurance plans, look at socio-economic issues and affordable quality care, and explore Medicaid and Medicare.
1. Health Insurance
2. Managed Care
3. Government Programs
Unit: Reflection Questions and Discussion
In this activity, students will journal about the history of medicine and health care, systems theory, components of a health care delivery system, and government and non-profit health care agencies. A class discussion can follow.
Unit: Write a Goal Using System Theory
In this activity, students will use the systems theory to write a goal for one system in their life.
Unit: Talk Show
In this activity, students research a historical health care figure and write a brief report on the individual. Students will then think of questions that a talk show host might ask the historical figure. The students then role-play a talk show using the questions and research on the historical health care figure.
Unit: Health Care Innovations Debate
In this activity, students will investigate current health innovations, develop pros and cons to the issue, and host a debate on their findings.
Unit: Comparison Infograph
In this activity, students will identify defining features of health care systems in the US and compare them with those of other countries.
Unit: Payment Methods
In this activity, students will differentiate among the methods of payment for healthcare in the US.
Unit: Current Event
Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.