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The two main objectives of a health delivery system are to enable that all citizens receive healthcare services whenever it is needed and the second objective is to deliver services that are cost-effective and meet certain pre-established standards of quality (Shi, L., & Singh, D. A., 2019). The United States does not have a universal health care delivery system that is enjoyed by everyone, which brings in “managed care”, which is a system of healthcare delivery that seeks to achieve efficiency by integrating the basic functions of healthcare delivery and employs mechanisms to control utilization of medical services, as well to determine the price at which the services are purchased and consequently, how much the providers get paid (2019).

The 10 characteristics of the U.S. health care system is:

  • No central governing agency and little integration and coordination
  • Technology-driven delivery system focusing on acute care
  • High on cost, unequal in access, average in outcome
  • Delivery of healthcare under imperfect market condition
  • Legal risks influence practice behaviors
  • Government as subsidiary to the private sector
  • Market justice vs. social justice: conflict throughout healthcare
  • Multiple players and balance of power
  • Quest for integration and accountability
  • Access to healthcare services is selectively based on insurance coverage (Shi, L., & Singh, D. A., 2019).

ACOs are the most commonly described as groups of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers that join as one entity to take responsibility for improving the quality of care for their patients. Doctors and other providers within the ACO work together to coordinate care using HIT, care coordination staff, enhanced communication among a patient’s various providers and with patients themselves, as well as other initiatives (Summers, L., De Lisle, K., Ness, L., D., Kennedy, B., L., & Muhlestein, D., 2015). Improved coordination between a patient’s primary care doctor and other specialty care providers help to ensure that patients are getting the right care, in the right place, at the right time (2015).

ACOs have the potential to transform how care is delivered and paid for so that patients receive higher quality, patient-centered, timely, and well-coordinated care. Patients in an ACO receive their care from hospitals and physicians that are rewarded for keeping their patients healthy by delivering the right care, in the right place, and time. For patients, the real change to their care experience will come from how care is coordinated on the front end and how far along the ACO is in developing innovative care integration and patient-and-family-engagement strategies (Summers, L., De Lisle, K., Ness, L. D., Kennedy, B., L., & Muhlestein, D., 2015).

Being able to have access to comprehensive, quality healthcare services are very important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing diseases, reducing unnecessary disabilities and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans. Access to health services means “the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes” (HP, 2020).

In verse 3 John 1:2 it teaches us “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. This verse speaks so much truth on how we should do well in life and take care of ourselves and let the Lord use us and guide our steps and in order to take care of our loved ones or those who are need we must be able to take care of ourselves and fulfill the works of our Lord and Savior.


Shi, L., & Singh, D. A. (2019). Essentials of the U.S. health care system — with access (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 9781284156720.

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