The Structure and Funding of the U.S. Healthcare System

Publication ID Published Volume
442 January 10, 2007 3


This slide presentation provides a description of the basic structure of the U.S. Healthcare system, including the different professional groups, delivery frameworks, and their interdependent relationships. It goes on to discuss the prevalent mechanisms of funding healthcare, with particular attention paid to the insurers, payers, with a focus on some of the challenges that they will be imminently facing. This material is most appropriate for medical students, junior and senior residents.


Dressler R. The structure and funding of the U.S. healthcare system. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2007;3:442.

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by July 09, 2010

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to give basic descriptions of the major professional groups that constitute the healthcare system.
  2. To be able to describe the different mechanisms by which health insurance is purchased.
  3. To be able to describe the basic demographics of those without health insurance.
  4. To be able to competently discuss the challenges that our health care system currently faces and those that will need to be addressed in the near future.


  • Insurance, Finance, Economics, Delivery of Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid

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