Healthcare requires a lot of consideration and work, particularly in policy formulation, program planning and implementation, and governmental regulation in order to meet its goals. The government is primarily responsible for the provision of healthcare coverage to its citizens and ensuring that healthcare providers maintain strict quality control in the services they provide. Thus, the government formulates policies, enacts legislation, and implements programs that ensure the provision of quality healthcare services to the people (Mason & Leavitt, 2006).
The United States government is a federal one, and this means that it plays its role in the administration of healthcare through its different branches, namely, the executive, legislative and judicial (Mason & Leavitt, 2006). The role of the judiciary in this picture consists in the interpretation and application of laws enacted by the legislature to ensure that concerned parties abide by them. Thus, the judiciary plays a very important role in the regulation of delivery of healthcare services.
In the article of Hammer and Sage, the role of the judiciary in healthcare regulation, specifically in the application of antitrust laws, was discussed. The article notes that antitrust law in the United States serves to regulate the quality and other considerations that relate to American healthcare. More specifically, the judiciary played a great role in shaping the definition or notion of quality in healthcare through the formulation of judicial opinions (Hammer & Sage, 2002).
Thus, it is clear that the judiciary, through its function of writing judicial decisions, is able to form important notions applicable in the assessment and regulation of healthcare services in the country.
References Hammer, P. J. & Sage, W. M. (2002). Antitrust, Health Care Quality, and the Courts. Columbia Law Review 102(3), 545-649. Mason, D. J. & Leavitt, J. K. (2006). Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (3rd ed. ). W. B. Saunders Company.