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February 13, 1987

Health Care Delivery in the United States

Author Affiliations

University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Chicago

University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Chicago

JAMA. 1987;257(6):849. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390060139046

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This is the third edition of a book first published in 1977, but with chapters added reflecting the concern with new developments and issues in a dynamic health services enterprise. Every important segment of the structure and performance of the American health services enterprise has been covered by competent authors. Some of them are new, indicating the welcome appearance of younger authors in a field filled with aging war-horses, the reviewer among them. The list of topics is familiar: concept of health care, population characteristics, health services manpower, ambulatory care, hospitals, financing, planning, government in health care, and the history of legislation for national health insurance. New chapters in the third edition are health maintenance organizations, home care and hospices, technology assessment, and the corporate trends in health care. The editor, Steven Jonas, provides a suitable introduction and an overall review and observations at the end of the text. He