Basics of the U.S. Health Care System, Third Edition provides a broad, fundamental introduction to the workings of the healthcare industry. Engaging and activities-oriented, the text offers an accessible overview of the major concepts of healthcare operations, the role of government, public and private financing, as well as ethical and legal issues.
Each chapter features review exercises and internet resources that make studying this complex industry both enjoyable and stimulating. Students of various disciplines–including healthcare administration, business, nursing, public health, and others–will discover a practical guide that prepares them for professional opportunities in this rapidly growing sector.
The Third Edition has been updated substantially to reflect the many recent changes as a result of the Affordable Care Act and its mandates. This edition also offers:
• A new activity at the end of each chapter that engages the reader in relating the chapter content to current events using internet research.
• Expanded coverage of law, ethics, and bioethical issues including end-of-life care and advanced directives.
• New sections addressing issues related to the health and legal rights of the LGBT population
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