Health Care Politics and Policy in America

Synopsis

Fully updated in this new edition, Health Care Politics and Policy in America combines a historical overview of U. S. health policy and programs with analysis of current trends and reform efforts.

The book
-- shows how health policy fits into the larger social, economic, political, and ideological environment of the United States;
-- identifies the roles played by both public and private, institutional and individual actors in shaping the health care system at all levels;
-- considers the trade-offs inherent in various policy choices and their impacts on different social groups;
-- takes account of the dynamic impact of technological change on health care capacities, costs, and ethics.

This edition includes expanded discussion of equity issues and whether there is a "right" to health care, and a new chapter on the issue of medical liability. The concluding chapter brings the story of health care policy up to the end of the millennium, with particular attention to the managed care revolution and reaction to it.

The book equips readers with the basic tools for drawing more informed judgments in the ongoing debate about health care policy in the United States.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Armonk, NY
Publication year:
  • 1995
Edition:
  • 2nd

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