Health Care Business Introduction

Welcome

Welcome to our webpage of resources for understanding the complex United States health care system.  Start with the Kaiser Family Foundation website for a basic overview, then explore the other resources for more in-depth, complex discussions of specific aspects of health care delivery in the U.S.

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Care System Tutorials

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that funds and reports on research into a variety of health care issues.  Search the KFF website to find clear, well-organized, basic information about the health care system in the United States.  Topics include costs and spending, delivery systems, health insurance, and much more.  Each topic has a "collection" of videos, slide shows, links, and Web searches.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation is another not-for-profit organization that funds and reports on research into health care policy and delivery.  The RWJ website's keyword-searchable "Research & Publications" tab will lead you to a wealth of information about various aspects of the U.S. health care system.  Topics covered include medical treatment facilities, barriers to health care, health care provider payment models and payment reform, etc.

Books On the U.S. Health Care System

The following books are available to JHU students, faculty and staff for borrowing from the library.  Those without current library privilege may wish to consider purchasing these titles or else visiting the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Homewood campus and reading them on-site.

Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System by Leiyu Shi and Douglas A. Singh (2013)

Jonas' Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System by Raymond L. Goldstein (2012)

National Bureau of Economic Research

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.  Founded in 1920, the NBER is a repository of scholarly working papers on every aspect of the discipline of economics, including health care delivery.  Start with the NBER working papers search screen (see below), then continue exploring the site's resources.