The U.S. Healthcare System

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The U.S. Health Care System Catherine Wiley HCS531 September 12, 2011 Kenneth Feldman The U.S. Health Care System A health care system is a “network of agencies, facilities, and providers of health care within a specific geographic region” (Widipedia). The health care system is designed to meet the health care needs of a target population. According to Shi and Singh (2008), “A health care delivery system has two primary objectives: 1. Provide health care to all its’ citizens; 2. Services must be cost effective and meet standards of quality” (5). A system, “consists of a set of interrelated and interdependent components designed to achieve some common goals, and the components are logically coordinated (Shi & Singh, 28). As Shi & Singh (2008) state the health care system in the United States is a mixed market system. The source of coverage comes from the government, insurance from employers, and private payment. The health care system in the United States is not a system because there is no standardization, and is fragmented. Financing, insurance, delivery, and payment is from private and public sources. These four components creates the fragmentation of the system. These components compose the Quad-function Model and are necessary for the delivery of care in the United States. The components overlap to varying degrees in traditional insurance, government-run insurance, and managed-care systems. Health care delivery differs on the arrangement of the four components (4-6). According to Johnson & Kane (2009), the implication of the beliefs and values on the United States health care system is complicated and interrelated. The U.S. health care system is different from other forms of health care used by other countries. American healthcare…...

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