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Health Care Delivery

 

​​​​​​The health care delivery system can be understood as the health care providers, scope of health care benefits, and the institutional setting in which patients receive care. Simply stated, this is the “who, what and where” of how health care is provided. 

​Main Characteristics of Traditional US Health Care Delivery System

  • ​​No central governing agency and little intergration and coodination
  • Technology-driven focusing on acute care
  • High on costs, unequal in access, average outcome
  • Under imperfect market conditions
  • Liability risks influence practice behaviors
  • Government as subsidiary to the private sector
  • Market justice vs social justice conflict throughout health care
  • Multiple layers and balance of power
  • Quest for integration and accountability
  • Access to services is selectively based on insurance coverage
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