chapter  1
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Systems and Health Care

ByDouglas R. Mackintosh

This chapter explains what are the most likely causes of an event or outcome. It explores the most likely relationships and the organization of components of the health care system. Models can be developed that can begin to explain both the way health care is delivered and the way health care ought to be delivered in the future. When an independent system appears to be malfunctioning, the government may take steps to make assessments and regulate its activities. This trend, the greater role played by public agencies in the health care system, is expected to continue. The growth technology and the demands for efficiency in the delivery of health care appear to be at odds with the need for compassionate responses unencumbered by bureaucratic alienation. Private and public insurance has had a major impact on the demand for health care.