Health Systems in Transition: USA, Second Edition

By Andrew J. Barnes, Lynn Unruh, Pauline M., Vaillancourt Rosenau, and Thomas Rice

© 2021

This analysis of the United States health care system reviews developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms, and health system performance. The U.S. system has both considerable strengths and notable weaknesses. It has a large and well-trained health workforce, a wide range of high-quality medical specialists as well as secondary and tertiary institutions, a robust health sector research program, and, for selected services, among the best medical outcomes in the world. But it also suffers from incomplete coverage of its citizenry, health expenditure levels per person far exceeding all other countries, poor objective and subjective indicators of quality and outcomes, and an unequal distribution of resources and outcomes across the country and among different population groups. Because of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and subsequent revisions to it, the U.S. is facing a period of enormous change. There is a great need to improve coverage and improve equity, better ensure quality outcomes, and find ways to better control expenditures. Health Systems in Transition: United States provides an in-depth discussion of these issues and a thorough review of the U.S. health care system.

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  • Page Count: 448 pages
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The book provides a thorough review of the U.S. health care system, including its organization and financing, care delivery, recent reforms, and an evaluation of the system’s performance.

Health Systems in Transition: USA, Second Edition

By Andrew J. Barnes, Lynn Unruh, Pauline M., Vaillancourt Rosenau, and Thomas Rice

© 2021

This analysis of the United States health care system reviews developments in organization and governance, health financing, health care provision, health reforms, and health system performance. The U.S. system has both considerable strengths and notable weaknesses. It has a large and well-trained health workforce, a wide range of high-quality medical specialists as well as secondary and tertiary institutions, a robust health sector research program, and, for selected services, among the best medical outcomes in the world. But it also suffers from incomplete coverage of its citizenry, health expenditure levels per person far exceeding all other countries, poor objective and subjective indicators of quality and outcomes, and an unequal distribution of resources and outcomes across the country and among different population groups. Because of the adoption of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and subsequent revisions to it, the U.S. is facing a period of enormous change. There is a great need to improve coverage and improve equity, better ensure quality outcomes, and find ways to better control expenditures. Health Systems in Transition: United States provides an in-depth discussion of these issues and a thorough review of the U.S. health care system.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Thomas Rice is an economist and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.


    Lynn Unruh is a professor of Health Services Administration in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida.


    Pauline M. Vaillancourt Rosenau is a Professor Emerita of Management and Policy Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Texas.


    Andrew J. Barnes is an associate professor of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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