Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System

Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System
6th Ed.
2023 © Jones & Bartlett Learning
Leiyu Shi, DrPH, MBA, MPA; Douglas A. Singh, PhD, MBA
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.

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Score: 98/100
5/5 Stars
Specialty Score: 2.67 Health Sciences - Health Care Administration
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"Overall, this sixth edition book is a necessary addition to anyone seeking better clarity on the U.S. healthcare delivery system and issues impacting its future, such as healthcare costs, quality, and access. The previous editions and the current updated, condensed version are among the best in the field on the topic of healthcare delivery."

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

"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


Students interested in working in health care, healthcare professionals, and a wide array of individuals seeking to learn more about the healthcare delivery system in the U.S. will find this a gem of a resource. The authors are well-known experts and academic scholars with expertise spanning business, health policy, public health, economics, and business.

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