This article provides an overview of the U.S. health care system and recent proposals for health system reform. Prepared for
a 15-nation comparative study for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the article summarizes
descriptive data on the financing, utilization, access, and supply of U.S. health services; analyzes health system cost growth
and trends; reviews health reforms adopted in the 1980s; and discusses proposals in the current health system reform debate.
Delivery of Health Care/organization & administration/trends : Health Benefit Plans, Employee/trends : Health Care Costs/statistics
& numerical data/trends : Health Expenditures/statistics & numerical data/trends : Health Policy/economics/trends : Insurance,
Health/trends : Managed Care Programs/trends : Medicaid/trends : Medicare/trends : Outcome Assessment (Health Care)/statistics
& numerical data : Physicians/supply & distribution : State Health Plans/trends : United States