Introduction - Healthcare Delivery

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In the United States, a wide range of healthcare services (healthcare or care) are delivered by a wide range of care providers and organizations.

U.S. healthcare delivery can be understood from various points of view, including the types of services provided, the types of individuals who receive healthcare serivces, the professional or organization that provides the service, the rules and policies that govern the delivery of the service, the financing and payment of the services, and the ultimate source of financial payment of the services.

Healthcare services

People use health care services for many reasons: to cure illnesses and health conditions, to mend breaks and tears, to prevent or delay future health care problems, to reduce pain and increase quality of life, and sometimes merely to obtain information about their health status and prognosis.[1]

Healthcare professionals

The delivery of modern health care depends on groups of trained professionals and paraprofessionals coming together as interdisciplinary teams.[2] This includes professionals in medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, midwifery and allied health, plus many others such as public health practitioners, community health workers and assistive personnel, who systematically provide personal and population-based preventive, curative and rehabilitative care services.[3]


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
  2. United States Department of Labor. Employment and Training Administration: Health care. Retrieved June 24, 2011.