For Chapter 5:  Health Care Systems:  Patients, Staff, and Institutions, discuss two of the six questions below.  In your submission, identify by number which questions you are answering.

  1. Describe the conventional approach to treatment of the dying in hospitals.  Compare this description to an idealized model that could be instituted.

  2. What are the factors or circumstances that are driving up the cost of health care in this country and what can be done about this from the side of all players, government, health insurance companies, medical providers, and consumers?

  3. Analyze the impact of DRGs and related forms of prospective payment on the American health care system, especially the care of the dying.

  4. Discuss the reasons why professional caregivers may experience stress in caring for the dying.  Discuss how caregivers can decrease this stress.

  5. Contrast the roles, types of care, and philosophical differences between hospice and conventional hospital care.

  6. Identify and discuss three challenges for contemporary hospices.