This comprehensive introductory text describes health systems in the United States and in other countries, with emphasis on their ability to deliver goods and services, their cost, and their operation within a legal framework. Included is a discussion of such major developments as prepaid group practice, automated multiphasic health testing, national health insurance, professional standards review organizations, comprehensive health planning, and malpractice arbitration. The author underlines the salient features of the various systems by presenting and discussing advertisements for health products and services. Flow diagrams, charts, tables, and discussion questions help the reader understand the complexities and interrelationships of health care systems. Extensive references and suggestions for further reading are also included.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Systems and Health Care -- Understanding the Semantics of Health Care -- The U.S. Health Care Delivery System: Background -- Organized Care -- Mental Health -- Health Services for the Aged -- Disjointed Community Efforts To Organize the Delivery of Health Care -- Medical Business in the Private Sector -- Government Health Care Activities -- Independent Practitioners -- Economics and Finance of Health Care -- Negligence and Medical Malpractice -- Sociopolitical Aspects of Health Care -- Future Delivery of Health Care: Emerging Concepts -- National Systems of Health Care -- Two Directions for a Health System -- Spaceship Earth, Evolution, and Health Care -- : Gourmand and Food—A Fable