Analyzing Form, Function and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System

  • 8h 44m
  • Paula Stamps Duston
  • CRC Press
  • 2016

Analyzing Form, Function, and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System tells the story of the U.S. health care system by using a narrative approach identifying function rather than the more common data-driven focus on structure. It presents policy decisions we have made about our health care system and analyzes some of their consequences to better understand the choices we have. To facilitate this, the book is divided into four major sections.

Section I is mostly "about" the health care system. It describes several theoretical models that provide a foundation for the structure of the U.S. health care system. Section II provides a description of the form, or organization, of the U.S. health care delivery system. It presents a comprehensive overview of the entire health care delivery system, including identifying all levels of care.

Section III focuses on financing, beginning with a description of the economic and political values that determine how we finance our system. It describes health insurance, from the perspective of both the consumer and the provider, and discusses how money moves through the system. It concludes with a discussion and analysis of cost and cost control efforts.

Section IV describes some of the more important efforts in health care reform, including several targeted programs that are a significant part of the U.S. health care system, such as Medicare and Medicaid. It also describes other targeted programs within the U.S. health care system and explores how other countries with economies similar to that of the United States organize and finance their health care systems.

About the Author

Dr. Paula Stamps Duston earned her PhD degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma. She currently is teaching in the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts and serves as the graduate program director for public health in the university’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences. She is best known for her research in developing validated scales to measure the level of satisfaction of direct care providers, including both nurses and physicians. Her nurse satisfaction instrument, the Index of Work Satisfaction (IWS), is the most widely used in the field and is recommended by the American Nursing Association and JCAHCO for use as a quality indicator.

In this Book

  • Definitions of Health and Illness
  • Public Health: Defining Determinants of Health
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Role of Culture in the Organization of Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Political and Philosophical Values That Influence the U.S. Health Care System
  • Do We Have a System? A Functional Analysis
  • People Who Make the Medical Care System Go: The Workforce
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care: Functions, Structures, and Services
  • Other Components of the Medical Care System
  • Health Economics 101: Do Health Care Goods/Services Follow Standard Economic Rules?
  • From Economics to Health Policy and Regulation
  • Health Care Financing: Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance: Two Conceptual Models
  • The Payment Function: Money Moving through the System
  • Why Does Medical Care Cost So Much and What Can We Do about It?
  • Health Care Reform: Past as Prologue to Present
  • Taking Care of the Elderly: Medicare
  • Taking Care of the Poor: Medicaid
  • Taking Care of Almost Everybody Else
  • A Persistent Problem: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Outcomes
  • Alternative Models for Health Care Systems: International Perspectives