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Healthcare in the United States is paid through a combination of private and public funds. Private funds are comprised of insurance, out-of-pocket monies and monies given through philantropy, while public funds are obtained from Medicare, Medicaid, State Child Healthcare Insurance program, veteran's programs, state and local programs and workman's compensation programs.

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The  (CMS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for which CMS is responsible include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and CLIA. 
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services 

National Library of Medicine
English / Espagnol  -  a gold mine of good health information from the world's largest medical library.
National Library of Medicine 


Checkup on Health Insurance Choices
Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before You Have Surgery

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
Publications Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 8547
Silver Spring
MD 20907
Tel: 1 800 358 9295  (inside U.S. free phone only)

The Consumers Guide to Health Insurance
Health Insurance Association of America
555 13th St. N.W., 600 East
DC 20004-1109
Tel: + 1 (202) 824 1600

Here are two useful books if you wish to learn more about USA health system from paper sources.

"Putting Patients First "
National Health Council
1730 M St., NW, Suite 500
DC 20036-4505
Tel: + 1 202 785 3910

"Consumers' Guide to Health Plans"
Consumers' Checkbook
Center for the Study of Services
733 15th St., N.W., Suite 820
DC 20005
Tel: + 1 202 347 7283


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