An active discussion is the key to an interesting and engaging online course. Discussion in this course is designed to simulate a classroom discussion. Rather than having each of you post a “mini paper” in response to the discussion questions, we will go through the questions as a group, one question at a time. As you join in the discussion, you should read what has already been posted first and then add substantively to what has been written. Treat this as a true conversation about the learning materials.
The modules in this course are one week in length. Time goes quickly, so remember to post early! Get in the habit of checking the discussions as often as you can to see what others have posted and to respond. The earlier in the week that you begin posting, the deeper the conversation and learning will be.
The first question in this discussion is opinion and/or experience-based, so jump right into the discussion immediately. For subsequent questions please meaningfully integrate your readings including the text, articles, and module notes into your posts.
1. In your opinion: how does the health care experience differ for you today compared with that of your parents’ and grandparents’ generations?
Now, let’s start applying your course materials as we go through the questions together, one at a time. I will guide us through.
2. Looking at our history as a nation, what historical events do you believe may have particularly impacted how the health care delivery system is today? Please explain.
3. How have the roles and functions of the US health care delivery system changed over the past 50 years? How about the past 10 years? Consider how these changes in function and role have also altered the way we structure the health system and how various stakeholder groups are impacted.
4. To close out our first discussion, we have talked about the history and the makeup of our health care delivery system. You had opportunity to read about the health care systems of several other countries. How do we compare with other countries? Do you find our system stronger than one or more other countries in certain ways? Weaker? Were there facets of another country’s system that you would like to see the United States potentially incorporate? Provide examples from your course materials.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.