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An introduction to the U.S. health care system
Jonas, Steven.
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Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Springer Pub., [2003]

Physical Description:
xiii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Ch. 1. An overview of the U.S. Health Care System -- Ch. 2. Personnel -- Ch. 3. Institutions: hospitals -- Ch. 4. Institutions: primary and ambulatory care -- Ch. 5. Financing and payment -- Ch. 6. Government and the health care system -- Ch. 7. Health planning: principles and practice -- Ch. 8. From group medical practice to managed care -- Ch. 9. National health insurance and national health care reform.
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This bestselling text is a concise and balanced classic presenting the domestic health care system. It explains the five major components of the U.S. health care system: health care institutions, health care personnel, financing mechanisms, research and educational institutions that produce biomedical knowledge and health personnel, and firms producing "health commodities" (such as pharmaceutical drugs and hospital equipment).

Completely updated to reflect the continual changes in the U.S. health care delivery system, this text includes new information on government and public policy reforms and recommendations, as well as website resources and glossary of terms. It provides a glimpse into the future of our well-being.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifth Editionp. vii
Preface to the Fifth Editionp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Chapter 1 An Overview of the U.S. Health Care Systemp. 1
Chapter 2 Personnelp. 27
Chapter 3 Institutions: Hospitalsp. 49
Chapter 4 Institutions: Primary and Ambulatory Carep. 68
Chapter 5 Financing and Paymentp. 89
Chapter 6 Government and the Health Care Systemp. 111
Chapter 7 Health Planning: Principles and Practicep. 130
Chapter 8 From Group Medical Practice to Managed Carep. 150
Chapter 9 National Health Insurance and National Health Care Reformp. 171
Epiloguep. 197
Appendix I List of Critical Reports/Analyses of the U.S. Health Care Delivery System, 1927-1983p. 199
Appendix II Sources of Datap. 201
Appendix III Glossaryp. 207
Indexp. 219