Includes bibliographical references (pages 77-86) and index
1. Elements of health care -- Human resources -- Financing and insurance -- 2. How the industry operates -- Government intervention -- Process versus value focus -- Privatization versus outsourcing -- Healthcare financing -- Physical plant and new building codes -- 3. Industry organization and competition -- Industry structure -- Technological change in the healthcare industry -- 4. Competitive strategies -- Service differentiation -- Patient satisfaction -- Pricing strategies -- Economies of scale -- Barriers to entry -- Corporate strategies -- 5. Regulation -- Policies that promote/restrict health and wellness/health care -- Opportunities and challenges in the healthcare industry -- Bibliography -- Related books and articles -- Index.
What will not be discussed in this book are other healthcare approaches, including commercial, welfare, patient, Medicare, employer-direct contracting, and privately paid (i.e., cash-based traditional, chiropractic, naturopathic, etc.) Health care is traditionally viewed as a science profession, with a public service focus, it now includes major partnering organizations, including the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, academic research centers, various specialization groups, laboratory agencies, social workers, and supermarket chains. Hospitals exist in many organizational forms and structures.