There are three major methods of financing healthcare services—out-of-pocket payments by the consumer, insurance premiums, and taxation. For each of these financing methods, there are numerous financing techniques. For example, out-of-pocket payments by the consumer could be in the form of co-payment, deductible, or full payment. An employer, consumer, or a combination can pay insurance premiums. Taxation can be applied in the form of general taxation or taxation on a specific product or service.
Each financing method or technique impacts people or groups of people differently.Using your textbook, the University online library resources, and the Internet, research financing techniques.
- Discuss the economic impact or burden of direct and indirect taxation as it relates to financing healthcare.
- Discuss the costs of health insurance obtained through an employer and identify who bears the majority of the economic burden or cost.
Write your response to each question in 1 to 2 paragraphs.