With the same clarity that made the previous editions bestsellers, Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.A.: An Introduction, Third Edition provides readers with the understanding required to navigate the healthcare provider field. In the intervening 8 years since the 2nd Edition was published, there have been significant developments in the healthcare delivery systems, including COVID-19, global health issues, and the evolution of the Affordable Care Act and other financing mechanisms. Brilliantly simple, yet comprehensive, this updated edition includes updated case studies and describes the new organizational structures being driven by current market conditions. Focusing on healthcare management, the book addresses the range of topics critical to understanding the U.S. healthcare system, including the quality of care movement, delivering care during a pandemic, recent finance reform, new technologies, cyber security, and the recent increase in merger and acquisition activity. Dr. Schulte walks readers through the history of the development of U.S. healthcare delivery. She describes the various venues of care delivery as well as the different elements of the financing system. Offering a glimpse into the global market and medical tourism, the text includes coverage of legal and regulatory issues, workforce, and the drivers and barriers that are shaping healthcare delivery around the world. Painting a clear and up-to-date picture, this quick-and-easy read provides you with the understanding of the terminology, structures, roles, relationships, and nuances needed to interact effectively and efficiently with anyone in the healthcare provider field.

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

History: U.S.A. Healthcare Delivery System

chapter Chapter 2|13 pages

Health Status: The Health of the Population

chapter Chapter 3|19 pages

Components of the Healthcare Delivery System

chapter Chapter 4|18 pages

Structure of Healthcare Delivery

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages


chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

The Healthcare Workforce

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

The Legal and Regulatory Environment

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Financing Healthcare

chapter Chapter 9|19 pages


chapter Chapter 10|13 pages

Public Health

chapter Chapter 11|20 pages

Medical Science and Information Technology