Restructuring the American health care system: an analysis of Nursing's Agenda for Health Care Reform.

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Equal access to health care for all citizens is a hotly debated issue of the American health care system. Different plans for reform that would allow equal access to health care have been proposed, but few include nurses as key health care providers. To correct this oversight, a coalition of more than 60 national nursing and health care organizations has created Nursing's Agenda for Health Care Reform, a blueprint for restructuring the health care system. This article reviews the agenda within the framework of the ethical theory of distributive justice. Distributive justice allows for the allocation of health care resources in a manner that is fair but not necessarily equal for all. The agenda addresses the basic level of health care needed by all Americans and supports the provision of primary care by nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioners need to be aware of plans to reform the health care system and should be supportive of those plans that enhance nurse participation in the health care system. Nursing's Agenda for Health Care Reform is a plan that encourages the health care consumer's participation and promotes nursing care as the link between the consumer and the health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNurse Practitioner
Volume17
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Health Care Reform
Systems Analysis
Nursing
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Health Services Accessibility
Nurse Practitioners
Social Justice
Nursing Care
Ethical Theory
Nurses
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Health Status
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