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Written in an engaging, easy-to-follow style, this book exposes the audience to the breadth of the field of health care without overwhelming them with detail. This book is unique in that it combines a health perspective with a business perspective. Not only does it carry a view of healthcare as an industry and business, facing the same problems all businesses face to maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace, but it also focuses on the delivery system, and addresses the perpetual tradeoff between access, quality, and cost of services.This book is organized around the pieces that make up health care. It addresses the questions: "what is this business called health care?", "how do we pay for health care?", "who provides health care?", "where and how is health care provided?", and "what else is included?". These questions are answered in the four parts of the book, in a total of 14 chapters.KEY MARKET:Professionals in the allied health field.
Table of Contents
|The us Health Care System: Combining Business, Health, and Delivery|
|Overview and Payment|
|Health and Health Care in America: An Introduction|
|The Business Side of Health Care|
|The Payment Process: Insurance and Third Party Payers|
|The Payment Process: Government Payment Programs|
|Health Care Providers|
|Health Care Providers: Physicians|
|Other Clinical Health Care Providers|
|The Delivery Systems|
|Primary Care: Health Care Providers Offices and Clinics|
|Secondary Care: Hospitals|
|Tertiary Care: The Long-term Care Continuum|
|Mental Health Services: A Combination of Systems|
|The Public Health System: The Governments Role|
|Health Care Industry and Research|
|Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals|
|Medical Research and Prevention|
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