Characteristics of the Us System When Considering the Delivery of Health Care

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Characteristics of the U.S. System When Considering the Delivery of Health Care Camille A. Simmons Walden University Dr. John Thompson U.S. Healthcare Delivery System HLTH 8410/MMPA 9/9/12 Char. of US Syst. Con. Del. Hlth Care 1 Characteristics of the U.S. System When Considering the Delivery of Health Care The U.S. health care delivery system is a behemoth that is almost impossible for any single entity to manage and control. It is unique unlike any other health care system in the world. Most developed countries have national health insurance program run by the government and financed through general taxes. Citizens in these countries receive health care service. This is not the case in the U.S. The U.S. health care is a kaleidoscope of financing, insurance, delivery, and payment mechanisms that remain unstandardized and loosely coordinated. These functional components – financing, insurance, delivery, and payment represents an amalgam of public (government) and private of people resources. Government-run programs finance and insure health care for select groups of people who meet each program’s prescribed criteria for eligibility. Government programs also engage in delivering certain health services directly to the recipients of care, such as veterans, military personnel, and the uninsured who may depend on city and county hospitals or limited services offered by public health clinics. Nevertheless, the financing, insurance, payment, and delivery functions are largely in private hands. For this Char. of US Syst. Con. Del. Hlth Care 2 reason, the market oriented economy in the United States attracts a wide variety of private entrepreneurs mainly for profits in performing the key functions of health care delivery. Then you have employers who purchase health insurance for their employees through private

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