Discussion

Based on your readings and research, answer the following:

  • What are the main objectives of a healthcare delivery system?
  • Name some of the basic functional components of the US healthcare delivery system. What role does each play in the delivery of healthcare?
  • Who are the major players in the US health services system? What are the positive and negative effects of the often conflicting self-interests of these players?
  • Why is it that despite public and private health insurance programs, some US citizens are without any coverage?
  • What are the main roles of the government in the US health services system?
  • Why is it important for healthcare managers and policymakers to understand the intricacies of the healthcare delivery system?