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Jonas and Kovner's
Health Care Delivery in the United States, 12th Edition

Edited by James R. Knickman, PHD and Brian Elbel PHD, MPH

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CHAPTER 1: The Challenge of Health Care Delivery and Health Policy
Does it make a difference whether your doctor is a man or a woman? In this episode, we focus on health and health care in America and the challenges the health care system faces today to provide value and improve outcomes, addressing best practices in the industry and the five key stakeholders in the United States involved in health care. (4:56)

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CHAPTER 2: Organization of Care
This episode discusses the types of private and public institutions in the U.S. health care delivery system, using the changing state of nursing homes as a primary example. We discover here how the organization of health care evolves as needs and policies change. (5:01)

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CHAPTER 3: The Politics of Health Care in the United States
Concentrating on the current drug shortage in the United States, this episode addresses the high costs of medications and how the monopoly of the U.S. government extends to drug companies. (5:32)

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CHAPTER 4: Comparative Health Systems
In the Summer Olympics of 2012, Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle assembled an opening ceremony to celebrate the British National Health Service. Inspired by this occurrence, this episode introduces the comparison of four other countries’ health care systems to that of the U.S. (5:15)

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CHAPTER 5: Population Health
How does the neighborhood you grew up in determine your future and health? In this episode, the factors that impact physical and mental health of our communities is examined through the lens of social factors. (5:00)

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CHAPTER 6: Public Health: A Transformation in the 21st Century
This episode addresses some advances in public health and what is needed to improve an entire population’s health, referencing the Spanish flu as a case for the deadliest occurrence of the twentieth century. (4:54)

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CHAPTER 7: Health and Behavior
Is there a mode of exercise that is best for you? This episode considers the different effects of various sports as part of a larger conversation on the many major behavioral risk factors that contribute to chronic disease. (4:57)

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CHAPTER 8: Vulnerable Populations: Meeting the Health needs of Populations Facing Health Inequities
Vulnerable and marginalized population groups experience differences in health equity, and this episode explores the fragmented way in which the U.S. health care system provides services to these populations. (5:10)

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CHAPTER 9: The Health Workforce
It is predicted that in the upcoming years, the nation’s health care sector will face a shortage of new workers right as the country’s aging population requires them the most. What are the reasons for this? This episode dips into how the workforce is changing and what it could mean for health care and health outcomes for patients. (4:50)

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CHAPTER 10: Health Care Financing
Insurance plans and costs are at the core of this episode as we compare short-term insurance policies under the Trump and Obama presidential administrations. What are the drawbacks to the current available policies and who are they a good fit for? (5:00)

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CHAPTER 11: Health Care Costs and Value
What does health care look like when we consider it to be subject to the free-market forces? This episode delves into walk-in clinics and concierge medicine as examples of free-market health care. (5:12)

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CHAPTER 12: High-Quality Health Care
How we define the best medical care often varies from the care that is provided, which implies that improvement to the quality of care is necessary. We see here from recent trends in quality improvement that health care management professionals are taking the lead to advance their methods. (4:53)

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CHAPTER 13: Health Care Management
By analyzing the current case of a major medical center, this episode takes a look at the ethics of medical care administrators. What do these governing boards do, and what are the challenges they face? (5:44)

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CHAPTER 14: Health Information Technology
Recent years have witnessed a spike in opioid addiction in the United States, and this episode connects the national public health emergency of opioid addiction to the developments of safeguards utilizing health information technology. (5:58)

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CHAPTER 15: The Future of Health Care Delivery and Health Policy
One of the future projections of health care delivery in the United States includes telemedicine, which is predicted to increase in usage as technologies continue to emerge and bring healthcare to more people and underserved areas. This episode concludes with a quick examination of the six forces shaping the U.S. health care system. (5:37)

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