Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System

Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System
6th Ed.
2023 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Douglas A. Singh, PhD, MBA; Leiyu Shi, DrPH, MBA, MPA
ISBN-13: 978-1-284-23510-4
eISBN-13: 978-1-284-24750-3
Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Informatics


Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System, Sixth Edition is a clear and concise distillation of the major topics covered in the best-selling Delivering Health Care in America by the same authors. Written with the undergraduate in mind, Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System is a reader-friendly, well-organized resource that covers the major characteristics, foundations, and future of the U.S. healthcare system. The text clarifies the complexities of healthcare organization and finance and presents a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

Features and Benefits

  • • Updated new data throughout. Tables, charts, figures, and text are all based on the latest data.
  • • New sections on the prospects of healthcare reform under the Biden Administration and patient advocacy organizations.
  • • Coverage of COVID, including the effects on U.S. hospitals, the impact on vulnerable populations, implications for the future of healthcare delivery, etc.
  • • Expanded coverage of nanomedicine, AI in health informatics, cybersecurity of data, and more.
  • • Latest on ACA, including its effects on insurance, access, and cost.
  • • New sections on payments for quality and cost savings; Payment Driven Payment Model (PDPM), payments for rehabilitation therapy.
  • • Updates on forces of future change; cost, coverage, and access dilemmas; and expectations of health reform in the broader economic context.

Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"The well-constructed content, resources, references, and additional learning activities make this a must-read for those interested in becoming better acquainted with how we deliver healthcare in the U.S. This book is a great starting point for conversations aimed at healthcare reform and any movement toward building a more equitable and affordable healthcare delivery system."

-- Janice Phillips, PhD (Rush University Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition


This book is suitable for a very broad audience. Individuals inside and outside of the health professions who wish to get a better understanding of the underpinnings of the U.S. healthcare delivery system may find this a helpful reference. Students in the health professions should be introduced to it as it provides some of the most fundamental aspects of how healthcare in the U.S. is structured, financed, and delivered. The material is well described, enabling readers to grasp some of the major characteristics of a very complex delivery system. The authors are accomplished with expertise spanning business, economics, and health policy.

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