Information Needs Associated with the Changing Organization and Delivery of Health Care: Summary of Perceptions, Activities, Key Gaps, and Priorities. B. Assessing Emerging Issues and Needs: Health Care Structure


The structure of the health care system reflects the individual providers as well as how they are organized and linked together as a delivery and financing system, and how well they are linked across the continuum of care. In addition, the number and kinds of physicians in practice reflects the time lag associated between provider training and actual practice. Thus, we include issues associated with planning for needed resources as part of the section on inputs (structure) of care systems. For the same reason, we include issues associated with the available financial resources to support this structure and future training needs (for example, insurance premiums). In discussing these issues, we review their associated information needs and data gaps as viewed from the information obtained in this study.

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