This is an essay that is focused on Analyzing Legislation of a law and looking in depth into an identification of a health bill or policy.
Analyzing Legislation of a law – Identification of a health bill or policy
Identify a bill or law at the local, state, or federal level. Then, provide a brief synopsis of the bill or law in your own words and answer the following questions:
Firstly, does the proposed policy seek to achieve a compelling health objective? Is the health purpose(s) of the policy clearly and narrowly defined?
Secondly, is the proposed policy likely to be effective in achieving the stated goal(s)? Is the policy an appropriate intervention to achieve the stated objectives and is it reasonably likely to lead to effective action?
Thirdly, is the policy narrowly focusing on the health problem? Is the policy narrowly tailoring to address the specific health problem, is it over- or under- inclusive?
Fourthly, does the policy interfere with the right to liberty, autonomy, privacy, or nondiscrimination? How does the policy impact health equity?
Lastly, is the policy the least restrictive alternative or could the health objective be achieved as well, or better, with fewer restrictions on human rights?
Adapted from: The Formulation of Health Policy by the Three Branches of Government. Institute of Medicine. 1995. Society’s Choices: Social and Ethical Decision Making in Biomedicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/4771.