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January 28, 2009

Jonas & Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States

JAMA. 2009;301(4):442. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.30

Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States is one of the best-known and longest-standing (first edition, 1977) compendiums on the unique problems of US health care policy. And with good reason—like other grand textbooks such as Harrison's for internal medicine, Guyton's for physiology, or Robbins' for pathology, this text authoritatively demonstrates the breadth and depth of current foundational knowledge of its field. Yet despite the considerable expertise presented, the text remains approachable for professionals in health care delivery or policy, whether novices or masters in the field. This approachability can be appreciated immediately in the book's general organization into 4 sections, each designed to answer a fundamental question about the US health care system: “How can the health care sector of the economy be understood and assessed? Where and how is health care provided? How well does the health care system perform? And where is the health care sector going in terms of health of individuals, the cost of care, access to care, and quality of care?” (p xix)

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