The United States Health System

The United States Health System : Origins and Functions

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Students and consumers alike will be interested in this unique perspective on the U.S. health care system. It offers not only an historical perspective detailing the origins of our health care system, but also discusses the forces that changed and shaped our system into what it is today. Underlying the comprehensive information on health care costs, finance, access, delivery and reform, is the ethical question of whether health care is a right or a privilege. You'll find real-world stories of health care organizations that must deal with delivery and financing of services, as well as references to web sites for further information. Key features: *Provides both an historical and current perspective on the U.S. health care system *Includes stories of real organizations dealing with delivery and financing of health care *Discusses ethical implications of health care delivery *Includes updated information on health care reform and information technology *Text organized into three primary sections of health care system origins, influences and changes (health care, health system, financial, health care organization)
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  • Hardback | 211 pages
  • 200.66 x 236.22 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
  • Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Clifton Park, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 0766807142
  • 9780766807143

Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY. Health Care Costs. Paying for Health Care Services. Medical Education. PART II: THE INTERNAL ENVIRONMENT OF HEALTH CARE DELIVERY. Professions in Health Care. Ambulatory Care. Hospitals. Long-Term Care. Mental Health. PART III: THE CHANGING HEALTH CARE ENVIRONMENT. Managing Care by Managing Information. New Approaches to Health Care Delivery
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