Health Care Providers

 Health care in America is provided by doctors, hospitals and health care clinics, in settings for-profit, public and non-profit.

While many uninsured Americans utilize federal health care clinics or hospital emergency rooms, doctors, often working as part of a larger health care provider organization, serve as the primary health care providers for most insured Americans.

Studies of leading health care provider organizations suggest that systems in which doctors are salaried and patients receive coordinated care among a team of specialists provide the highest-quality care, while doing so at a low cost. Approximately 18,000,000 Americans participate in salaried doctors/coordinated care health care systems, which employ some 20,000 doctors.

Yet the health care industry in America is fraught with financial waste. Many health care providers currently operate on a fee-for-service model, in which providers are paid separately for each procedure. This method encourages providers to perform more procedures than necessary in order to generate more revenue. The Affordable Care Act includes incentives to convince providers to provide efficient, appropriate care based on the entire health care episode, rather than piecemeal; this is sometimes referred to as “Managed Health Care.” Most health care providers already prefer this model, although the traditional American health care system has discouraged such usage.

Types of Health Care Professionals

Health care provider professionals include the following:

Physician
Dentist
Pharmacist
Pharmaconomist
Physician Assistant
Physical Therapist
Nurse Practitioner
Geriatric care management
Psychologist

More Information

American Health Care Association
Health Care Provider Reference Guide (U.S. Gov.)
Health Care Provider (Wikipedia)
Secrets of Leading Health Care Providers
Widespread Dissatisfaction With Fee-For-Service
Managed Health Care vs. Fee-For-Service