Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System


Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System is a well-organized resource that covers the major characteristics, foundations, and future of the U.S. healthcare system. It clarifies the complexities of healthcare organization and finance and presents a solid overview of how the various components fit together. This book examines the challenges of coverage, access, and the cost of health care, as well as the future of healthcare reform. Readers will gain the necessary tools to understand the unique dynamics of the U.S. healthcare system within the larger context of global health care.

This book offers the latest health statistics and coverage of industry trends and changes, such as:

  • The current status of managed care and our integrated delivery system under the Affordable Care Act
  • Progress on the implementation of Healthy People 2020 and preparation for Healthy People 2030
  • Healthcare workforce challenges driven by the shift from patient-centered care to population health and the need for chronic disease managers
  • New policies and laws such as The Drug Supply Chain Security Act, the 21st Century Cures Act, and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
  • Recent quality initiatives from government and private sectors and programs to contain health care costs
  • Racial and socioeconomic disparities in terms of access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes and national, regional, and local programs that address those disparities