Module 1: Healthcare Systems
In this part of the tutorial we will look at several aspects of the healthcare system including:
- Hospital systems
- Types of patient care
- Public health programs
A hospital system is a group of hospitals or facilities that work together to deliver services to their communities. Different types of hospital systems have different types of ownership and financial goals. Types of hospital systems include:
- Public Hospitals
Public hospitals are funded and owned by local, state or federal governments and receives money from the government. Some public hospitals are associated with medical schools.
- Non-profit Hospitals
Non-profit hospitals are often community hospitals and may be linked with a religious denomination. The main goal of a non-profit hospital is to provide service to the community.
- Private Hospitals
Private hospitals are owned by investors. Their goal is to earn a profit. Private hospitals tend to offer more profitable services such as rehabilitation, elective or plastic surgery or cardiology. They try to avoid unprofitable services such as emergency medicine, which can lose money due to uninsured patients.