Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Debates on U.S. Health Care

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Debates on U.S. Health Care

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Debates on U.S. Health Care. Ed. By Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Wendy E. Parmet, and Mark A. Zezza. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 569p. $115 (ISBN: 978-1-4129-9602-0).

The Health Care Reform Act of 2010 brought many challenges that complicated, rather than clarified, the debate of the best solutions to health care. This complex issue has Americans struggling with regard to economic, fiscal, and monetary policy as they relate to philosophical approaches to the health care problem. Debates on U.S. Health Care uses essays to provide readers with views on both sides of the debates regarding the complex issues of the Health Care Reform Act.

Debates on U.S. Health Care is divided into three main sections, each with its own editor. Editors and contributors are very experienced in the field. The three main sections are "Philosophical, political, and legal debates"; "Economic and fiscal debates"; and "Quality debates." Each of these main sections is then divided into subsections with multiple topics for debate. Each entry follows the same format. They begin with a brief point, counterpoint, and introduction. The introduction presents the broad theme and also provides historical background. The point and counterpoint are then expanded upon. The point and counterpoint taken together give the reader a well-rounded sense of the issue in its entirety. A brief conclusion and references are provided at the end of each side of the debate. A comprehensive index is included at the end of the volume. Each debate is well thought out with strong arguments for both sides. …

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