Health Care Politics and Policy in America

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M.E. Sharpe, 1999 - Medical - 452 pages
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.

 

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Contents

Health Care Politics
1
Health Care Policy in the United States
25
Health Care for the Poor
55
Health Care for the Elderly and Disabled
95
Falling through the Cracks
133
Health Care Cost Containment
162
State Governments and Cost Containment
178
The Private Sector and Cost Containment
184
Reforming the System
260
Revolution Rationing
292
Managed Care
304
Managed Care Backlash
314
Conclusion
338
Notes
349
Selected Bibliography
399
Index
441

Conclusion
193
Health Care Technology
231

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