It is easy to read and straightforward in its approach to difficult subjects such as the rise of the Tea Party and how that movement has impacted healthcare. This update is certainly needed as the landscape has changed dramatically since the previous edition was published. The text describes how our health care system currently functions, the key forces that led to its structure, and the influences likely to shape the industry during the next 5 to 10 years. With an emphasis on policy development, the authors underscore the fluidity of the system and examine the debates and conflicts that have shaped health care changes and influenced American values and belief systems. Other new areas of focus include an assessment of who uses health care and in what way, health care trends, and a forecast for the health care system of the future.

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Options Essentials of the U. Health Care System, Fifth Edition is a clear and concise distillation of the major topics covered in the best-selling Delivering Health Care in America by the same authors. Written with the undergraduate in mind, Essentials of the U. Health Care System is a reader-friendly, well organized resource that covers the major characteristics, foundations, and future of the U. The text clarifies the complexities of health care organization and finance and presents a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

The Fifth Edition examines the challenges of coverage, access, and the cost of health care, as well as the future of health care reform—including prospects for a single-payer system—in the context of the Affordable Care Act. Readers will gain the necessary tools to understand the unique dynamics of the U. Prior to his academic positions, Dr.

Shi worked in the public health field focusing on community-based primary care and vulnerable populations. He received his doctoral education from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in health policy and services research. He has conducted extensive studies about the association between primary care and health outcomes, particularly on the role of primary care in mediating the adverse impact of income inequality on health outcomes. Shi is the author of nine textbooks and more than scientific journal articles.

Douglas A. Singh teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in health care delivery, policy, finance, and management in the School of Business and Economics and in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University-South Bend. Before pursuing an academic career, he spent over 15 years in the long-term care industry and held positions of administrator, regional manager, vice president, and consultant.

He was awarded the long-term care research award by the Foundation of American College of Health Care Administrators in


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Samugul This variation has been criticized because it would end the administrative efficiencies provided by large-employer groups. Coverage under Part B includes physician and other ambulatory services, durable medical equipment e. Essentials of the U. By contrast, in a PPO, the doctor simply accepts a lower price for certain patients with no equivalent HMO structure with its emphasis on coordinated care. George Washington University; A profile of uninsured Americans. An Essential Technology for Health Care.


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