Characteristics of the U.S. Health Care Delivery

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Characteristics of the U.S. Health Care Delivery System Mariann Wright MGMT/6590 Emeka Onuorah May 12, 2013 The health care system is made up of four components which include financing, insurance, delivery, and payment. All four of these parts make up the health care delivery system. The two components I find to be the most important is insurance and delivery. Insurance acts as the middle man between providers that finance, deliver, and receive health care (Shi & Singh, 2012). Health care delivery is the relationship between patients and providers (Shi & Singh, 2012). These third-party payers include private insurance companies; manage care organizations (MCOs), government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Third-party payers provide medical coverage from individual from high to low income families and individuals. However, today many Americans are uninsured. According to Shi & Singh (2012), reports showed that 1 in 3 or 87.6 million Americans were uninsured between 2008 and 2009 under the age of 65. This has contributed to the raise in health care costs. In order to reduce costs, the U.S. health care delivery system needs to have a plan in place to ensure that all of America’s population is insured such as the creation of the Obama Care Plan. The term delivery refers to the provision of health care services by various providers (Shi & Singh, 2012). Providers include physicians, hospitals, clinics, private doctor offices, and other entities. Providers are anyone who delivers health care services and can bill for those services (Shi & Singh, 2012). Delivery is very important to health care delivery because without providers providing services there would be no health care system. All four of the functional components works together to make up the health care delivery system. Reference Shi, L., & Singh, D. A. (2012). Delivering

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