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“Readers and instructors looking for an up-to-date, broad-based overview of US health policy should strongly consider using the book.”

–The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

About the Book

Now in its 11th Edition, this fully updated and revised analysis of health care delivery in the United States keeps pace with the rapid changes that are reshaping our system.

Designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, this book provides a comprehensive understanding of the complicated, expensive, and ever-changing U.S. health care delivery system and the public health system.

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New to the 11th Edition

Fully updated and revised, Jonas and Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States, 11th Edition covers all of the major changes and challenges in the current health care system.

Affordable Care Act

Challenges and responses to the Affordable Care Act are woven throughout the book, in addition to the appendix “Major Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.”

Workforce & Population Challenges

Contributions by leading scholars, practitioners, and educators present the most up-to-date evidence-based information on health disparities, vulnerable populations, immigrant health, and nursing workforce challenges.

Current Care Models

This edition explores new models of care including ACOs, Patient Homes, Health Exchanges, and Integrated Health Systems designed to replace outmoded systems.

Societal Efforts

Emerging societal efforts toward creating healthy environments and illness prevention are included throughout the text.

Improving Quality of Health Care

The new edition presents the realities that impact our nation’s achievement of the so-called Triple Aim: better health and better care at a lower cost. Additionally, it covers the increasing incentives for efficiency and better quality of care.

Information Technologies Update

An expanded discussion outlines the challenges and opportunities of health information technology (HIT) and also provides case studies to show how real-life patients have benefited from HIT.

The Future of US Health Care

A new five-year health care trend forecast discusses the main aspects of the health care system that may be changing in the next decade, and how these changes will affect the different players in the health care enterprise.

Supplemental Materials

A free chapter “The Affordable Care Act: A Brief History, Assessment, and Future Challenges” is included with the 11th Edition and available for download. Instructor resources–including an in-depth 11th Edition Highlights document, test banks, sample syllabus, PowerPoint slides, and image bank–are also available for qualified educators.

Health Care Trends at a Glance

New charts, tables, and graphics with concrete data provide at-a-glance pictures of current health care data and trends throughout the book.

Preview of charts and graphics in the text

In addition to containing new and updated visual aids throughout the text, the 11th Edition also includes a graphical overview of the book as a whole, with all-new charts on consumer perceptions of the health care system, preferences for ACA next steps, population health issues, and individual behavior and health.

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Written by Leading Experts

Edited by health care experts James Knickman and Anthony Kovner, the 11th Edition features the writings of such luminaries as Michael Gusmano, Carolyn Clancy, Joanne Spetz, Nirav Shah, Sherry Glied, Michael Sparer, and Christy LeMak, among others.

James R. Knickman headshot

James R. Knickman, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer, New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth)

Anthony R. Kovner headshot

Anthony R. Kovner, PhD
Professor, New York University

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Michael Gusmano, PhD
Research Scholar, The Hastings Center

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Joanne Spetz, PhD
Professor, University of California, San Francisco;
Associate Director for Research Strategy, UCSF Center for the Health Professions;
Director, USCF Health Workforce Research Center

Nirav Shah

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH
Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Region

What people are saying about
Health Care Delivery in the United States

“Health care managers, practitioners, and students must both operate as effectively as they can the daunting and continually evolving system at hand and identify opportunities for reform advances…Health Care Delivery in the US has been an indispensable companion to those preparing to manage this balance. The present edition demonstrates once again why this volume has come to be so prized. It takes the long view – charting recent developments in health policy, and putting them side-by-side with descriptions and analysis of existing programs in the US and abroad.”
Sherry Glied, PhD, Dean and Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner, From the 11th Edition Foreword
Jonas and Kovner’s Health Care Delivery in the United States is one of the stronger health policy texts on the market. Readers and instructors looking for an up-to-date, broad-based overview of US health policy should strongly consider using the book.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), From reviews of the 10th Edition
“I’ve recommended [this book] to many of my (non-nursing) political volunteer pals. We’ve sat [through] numerous teach-ins on the ACA and health policy, but that book really explains so many complicated issues clearly and in my opinion, to just the right degree of depth so as not to drown one in “wonk.” With our course load being what it was, I haven’t had time for non-essential reading, but I read his book cover to cover. Honest!”
Amy Seplin, Recent Columbia University Graduate, Review of the 10th Edition
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“This book is a well edited, palatable treatment of a very complex topic. I was not looking forward to slogging through this material, but have to admit that Jonas and Kovner have made it much less difficult than I had anticipated.”

M. Reed, Amazon.com Customer, Review of the 10th Edition
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Jonas and Kovner’s book provides the reader with a great analytic explanation of U.S. health care system. It offers the reader the opportunity to make their own conclusions about this complex material.”

Mary Artino, Amazon.com Customer, Review of the 10th Edition
“The list of chapters make the 11th edition look even better than the 10th edition – more closely suited to our department’s goals for our course.”
Katherine Allen, MPH, Part-time Instructor, Health Sciences Dept., Northern Arizona University

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