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The United States Health Care System: Combining Business, Health, and Delivery

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-01-05
  • Publisher: Pearson
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For introductory courses in Public Health and US Health System/Health Policy intended for community college students and lower-division four-year students enrolled in allied health programs.


An engaging, easy-to-follow introduction to US health care

The United States Health Care System: Combining Business, Health, and Delivery, is the most readable, student-friendly overview of the US healthcare system. Written simply and informally, it focuses on breadth rather than non-essential depth, giving even inexperienced students the knowledge they need to succeed. The unique approach illuminates the realities of the business side of healthcare as well as the practicalities of the delivery of healthcare. It addresses these questions: “What is this business called healthcare?” “How do we pay for healthcare?” “Who provides healthcare?” “Where and how is healthcare provided?” and “What else is included?” as well as related issues ranging from pharmaceuticals to research and prevention. To provide readers with the most up-to-date information, the Third Edition encompasses the many changes that have occurred both in healthcare and in the United States since the last edition was published.

Author Biography

Anne Austin received her B.A. in English from the University of Delaware, her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, and her J.D. (cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University. Austin has taught business classes for over 30 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Since 1995 she has been employed at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, where she helped to design the Medical Office Management program. Currently, she is the Vice Chancellor of Research, Planning and Assessment. In that position she supervises Information Services, Institutional Research, and the Office of the Registrar. Her primary responsibilities include institutional strategic planning and assessment. She has been actively involved in the college’s accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission, where she acts as a peer reviewer for institutions on the new Open Pathway.

Victoria Wetle
began her healthcare career in 1964 in clinical nursing; she worked on the Albert Starr Open Heart team and as a charge nurse for the first Intensive Care Unit in Portland, Oregon. Wetle earned both a Master’s and Doctorate degree at Oregon State University and subsequently initiated the Health Services Management Program at Chemeketa Community College. She was awarded a Fellowship at London University, Balfour College and studied at the Kennedy School of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington DC. She was the Clinical coordinator, H1N1 flu vaccine program, Yamhill County Public Health, in 2009. Currently, Wetle is a volunteer with the US Medical Reserve Corp, Yamhill County, Oregon. Her major interests include biomedical ethics, global health care, traditional health care systems and health care resource allocation. Publications include:  Bloodborne Pathogens, Administrative Manual for Healthcare Managers, 1994, Boston, Jones and Bartlett and Solving The Puzzles in Medical Terminology, 1997, Boston, Jones and Bartlett. She is president of Wetle & Associates, a healthcare consulting company.

Table of Contents

1. Health and Care in America
2. The Business Side of Health Care
3. The Payment Process: Insurance and Third-Party Payers
4. The Payment Process: Government Payment Programs
5. Health Care Providers: Physicians and Nurses
6. Other Clinical and Non-Clinical Health Care Providers
7. Offices, Clinics, and Hospitals
8. Health Services for Older Americans
9. Mental Health Services: A Combination of Systems
10. The Public Health System: The Government's Role
11. Medical Technology, Pharmaceuticals, and Pharmacological Research
12. Health Care Research and Prevention
13. Cultural Competency, Health Literacy, and Health Care Ethics
14. International Health Care

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