Health Care USA, Seventh Edition, offers students of health administration, medicine, public health, and related fields the most comprehensive overview of America’s health care system under a single cover. Combining historical perspective with analysis of modern trends, this expanded edition charts the evolution of modern American health care, providing a complete examination of its organization and delivery while offering critical insight into the issues that the U.S. health system faces today. From a physician-dominated system to one defined by managed care and increasingly sophisticated technology, this essential text explains the transformation underway and the professional, political, social, and economic forces that guide it today and will in the future. Exhaustive in breadth and balanced in perspective, Health Care USA, Seventh Edition, provides students with a clearly organized, straightforward illustration of the complex structures, relationships and processes of this rapidly growing, $2.5 trillion industry. The seventh edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent developments in this dynamic industry. The latest edition features: • A comprehensive overview of the complex and evolving U.S. health care system, plus revised data, material and analysis throughout. • The latest benchmark developments in health care, including the response of public health to swine flu and the Obama administration’s health care reform. • A look at the recent recession’s effects on hospital finances. • New projections and data trends on the country’s health care spending. • A forward-looking perspective on the future of the U.S. health care system.