Access to care in the U.S. is not equal, and this is now obvious to most people in the U.S., simply because of the constant barrage of news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA aims to extend insurance coverage to all Americans (except undocumented ones) to enable access to care. However, according to
This blog post introduces the first of two lectures on “Hospitals in the U.S. Health Care System” which are based on Chapter 8 in the book “Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System” by Douglas Singh & Leiyu Shi. This lecture focuses on the history of hospitals in the U.S., and especially, their expansion and downsizing. Starting around 1930,
Chapter 7 in the book “Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System” by Douglas Singh & Leiyu Shi explains the concepts of “primary care” vs. “outpatient care” and their differences. This post introduces the YouTube lecture based on these concepts, “Outpatient Services and Primary Care“. As the U.S. health care system has evolved over history, outpatient
Chapter 6 in the book “Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System” by Douglas Singh & Leiyu Shi discusses health care financing in the United States. They describe a “moral hazard” in the financing structure, where providers and insurances negotiate health care prices on the behalf of the insurance enrollee/patient in contracts, without any input from the patient.