The American Health-Care System: Understanding How the Pieces Come Together



The American health-care system can appear unwieldy to the uninitiated. This chapter introduces the key elements of this system, using a layered sphere metaphor with the patient at the central core. Elements discussed include health advocates, providers, payers, environments, regulators and government agencies, technology and innovation, and liability.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryHospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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