CHAPTER 1

Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Systems

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Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

• Outline the dynamics affecting today’s healthcare industry

• Identify some major challenges that affect the delivery of health care in the United States

• Enumerate the various healthcare settings in which patients can receive care

• Distinguish the various types of patient populations

• Delineate various professions within the healthcare industry and determine requirements for entry into the career field

• Categorize the various types of physician specialties

• Compare the three levels in which healthcare services are classified ...

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