Policy Process (Part 1)

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Policy Process (Part 1)

Introduction
    There are too many holes in the health care system to narrow any one of them down. Each of them connect to one another and either benefit or leave someone out. Health care professionals have become somewhat of an advocacy on behalf of their patients to help influence changes in the current policies. Doctors and nurses alike have to step out of their comfort zone of practicing medicine and step into policy and politics. When headed to Washington to change or add new policies it takes pure dedication, determination, time, and energy to keep going even when it seems bleak. This paper will discuss the formulation stage, legislative stage, and implementation stage of introducing or changing policies. The main goal that everyone has to have better health care for everyone young, old, rich or poor.
Formulation Stage
    The current health care system is inedited with polices, regulations, and laws set by the federal government, private agencies, insurance companies, and institutions. Access to health care at times is very difficult and accord to the United States Census Bureau data collected 254 million Americans were without health insurance in 2009 (English, 2010). That figure has more than triple in the last five years. These findings are very disappointing and only show the desperate need for health care reform in the U.S. today. Health care professionals are on the front lines each and every day giving them the edge to take action and bring about some serious changes that will benefit everyone and not compromise the quality of care for the patients. There are many stages to turning an idea in to a law and many steps must be taken in proper order (English, 2010).

Policy and Process
    The policy process refers all decisions and events that are required before a policy can be proposed. In short there are three phases of policy making: the formulation stage, implementation stage, and the evaluation stage. The formulation stage may possibly be...
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