This chapter described the complex systems through which healthcare is paid in the United States. In particular, it described how insurance works and how costs are shared by the ultimate payers of care (the federal and state governments, employers, and individual Americans themselves), and it expanded on the main structures of programs. The chapter defined the major payers and the types of insurance products offered. Finally, the chapter discussed changes in the way care is paid for and delivered as part of healthcare reform or that may be accelerated by healthcare reform.
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