Health Policy Stakeholders

Health Policy Stakeholders

stakeholder (stâk’hô­l’dər), noun

  1. One who is entrusted with the stakes of bettors in a wager
  2. One that has a share or an interest in a venture, business, or movement
  3. One who is involved in or affected by a course of action

Health policy stakeholders can be defined in many ways. Depending on your individual perspective, one might use each of the definitions given above to describe the role of a stakeholder to health care policy.

As one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy, as well as one of the single largest line items in federal and state budgets, health care is a huge financial concern for the citizenry. The future of many of the nation’s most popular social programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, along with the health of millions, hangs in the balance as government agencies, private industry, political organizations, think tanks, coalitions, and individuals grapple with health policy issues.

  • Briefly describe the health policy stakeholder that you selected.
  • Expand on the role of the stakeholder you selected by explaining their specific interests.
  • Describe how they can influence policy.
  • Explain the specific focus of their policy efforts.

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