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lack of a universal health care right stance (Tang N, et al. (2004). Another responsibility of the
government pertaining healthcare in the United States is the collection of vital health statistics to
facilitate in planning. National Center for Health Statistics is tasked with the collection, analysis,
and interpretation of key health data.
Work ethics is a key foundation of healthcare services in any society. The United States
government is responsible for supervising private health facilities and independent nursing
practitioners to ensure that the quality of healthcare provided to the citizens is high (Erlen, 2010).
Regarding technology, the government is responsible for ensuring that medical services provided
to the citizens are up to date with medical technology. To achieve this, the government should
invest in research and development regarding subsidies. Finally, the United States government
is obligated to guarantee to equal healthcare services as well as an opportunity for healthcare
professional education to all its citizens regardless of their race or class.
According to Erlen (2010), informed consent is important in the context of medical
research with human subjects. It is the right of every participant to have adequate knowledge on
the risks involved in participating in the activity before the experiments on either a new drug or
therapy. The author defines informed consent and makes suggestions to better the process of
acquiring informed consent. Los Angeles County DPH Public Health Nursing (2007) displays a
graphical outlay of the Public health Nursing Practice Model. It comprises of the steps involved
addressing public health issues including monitoring health, diagnosis, community mobilizing,
policy development, implementation and evaluation of health interventions. Finally, Mullinix
and Bucholtz (2009), emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses physicians encounter when
establishing the quality of care they provide.