Introduction: the paradox of excess and deprivation -- Paying for health care -- Access to health care -- Reimbursing health care providers -- How health care in organized - I -- How health care is organized - II -- The health care workforce and the education of health professionals -- Painful versus painless cost control -- Mechanisms for control costs -- Quality of health care -- Prevention of illness -- Long-term care -- Medical ethics and rationing of health care -- Health care in four nations -- National health insurance -- Conflict and change in America's health care system -- Conclusion : tensions and challenges

Author: Thomas S. Bodenheimer, Kevin Grumbach