Health Care Delivery: Current Problems and Future Challenges

  • Margaret L. Brandeau
  • François Sainfort
  • William P. Pierskalla
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 70)


In both rich and poor nations, public resources for health care are inadequate to meet demand. Policy makers and health care providers must determine how to provide the most effective health care to citizens using the limited resources that are available. This chapter describes current and future challenges in the delivery of health care, and outlines the role that operations research (OR) models can play in helping to solve those problems. The chapter concludes with an overview of this book - its intended audience, the areas covered, and a description of the subsequent chapters.

Key words

Health care delivery Health care planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret L. Brandeau
    • 1
  • François Sainfort
    • 2
  • William P. Pierskalla
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Management Science and EngineeringStanford UniversityStanford
  2. 2.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta
  3. 3.Anderson Graduate School of ManagementUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos Angeles

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