Health Care in the United States


“America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.”

-Walter Cronkite


Introduction


Health Care in the United States - Health ArchitectureUniversally, the term health insurance is used to describe any form of insurance that provides protection against the cost of medical services. However in the United states, health insurance is commonly used to describe any type of coverage that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, social insurance or social programs funded by the government.The healthcare system in the U.S. has transformed from a series of independent physicians and not-for-profit hospitals into various diverse systems including government supported care, individual and networks of not for profit hospitals, for-profit hospital systems, and integrated healthcare systems. Overall, crucial decisions throughout history have shaped our healthcare programs into a complex system with both positive and negative results.




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