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Since the fundamental purpose of insurance is to meet major expenses when unlikely events occur, having insurance for basic and routine health care undermines the principle of insurance. When you buy home insurance to protect your property against the unlikely event of a fire, you generally do not anticipate the occurrence of a loss. The probability that you will suffer a loss by fire is very small. Also, if a fire occurs and causes major damage, insurance will cover the loss, but the policy does not cover routine wear and tear on the house such as chipped paint or a leaking faucet.
Delivery of services may be partially through the plan’s own hired physicians, but most services are delivered through contracts with external providers, such as physicians, hospitals, and diagnostic clinics. Primary Characteristics of the US Health Care System In any country, certain external influences shape the basic character of its health services delivery system. These forces consist of the political climate of a nation, economic development, technological progress, social and cultural values, physical environment, population characteristics, such as demographic and health trends, and global influences (Figure 1–2).
In their respective training programs, health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and others no doubt receive a perspective of their own individual roles, but they often remain ignorant of the forces outside their profession that could significantly impact current and future practices. An understanding of the health care delivery system can make health professionals more attuned to their own relationship with the rest of the health care environment.