Allocative Policies And Dental Public Health

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Health policies are laws, rules, or regulations that are created or enforced by the government to achieve specific health care goals (World Health Organization, 2015). These policies are intended to influence behaviors of a population in hopes to better the health of society. Health policies can be divided into two groups: allocative or regulatory. This paper will compare and contrast allocative and regulatory policies as they relate to dental public health.
Allocative Policies provide a benefit for a specific group of people at the expense of others in order to meet public objectives (Longest, 2010). These types of policies allocate resources to people who otherwise would not have access to it. Market shortcomings directly shape policies
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In the HRSA example of allocative policy the student received financial gain from the policy while in the regulatory policy example of price setting controls on health services the patient received financial gain from avoiding high prices. Another similarity between the two types of policies is that they can protect the health of a population. In an allocative policy like Medicare the policy protects the low income population by providing access to healthcare. In the regulatory policy, quality controls make sure dental instruments stay clean thus protecting the health of all dental patents. A difference contrasting allocative and regulatory policy is that allocative policy can provide access to care where regulatory policy provides good care to those who already can access it. If it were not for allocative policy like Medicaid, low income patients would not be able to access dental care at all except for in rare instances of charity.
Health policies are created because demanders and suppliers interact. Demanders for health policy change typically emanates from organizations and interest groups while suppliers are typically governmental officers in elected positions of the government. In the allocative policy of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 one of the demanders was The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the supplier was the federal government namely congress as the signed the bill into

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