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Public opinion polls, media coverage, and policy debates at all levels of government and in private industry attest to the important place that health care and public health hold in the minds of the American public, policymakers, and lawmakers. The questions are well known: What effect is healthcare spending having on national and state economies? What policies will best protect the privacy of personal health information in an increasingly electronic medical system? How do we address the existant health disparities based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status?
Table of Contents
|Series Page||p. ix|
|About the Authors||p. xvii|
|Overview of Policy and Law in the United States|
|Introduction: Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law||p. 3|
|The Role of Policy and Law in Health Care and Public Health||p. 3|
|Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law||p. 5|
|Policy and the Policymaking Process||p. 11|
|Defining Policy||p. 11|
|Public Policymaking Structure and Process||p. 13|
|The Health Bureaucracy||p. 23|
|Interest Groups||p. 28|
|Law and the Legal System||p. 31|
|The Role of Law||p. 32|
|The Definition and Sources of Law||p. 32|
|Key Features of the Legal System||p. 35|
|Essential Issues in Health Policy and Law|
|Understanding Health Insurance||p. 47|
|Health Insurance Coverage||p. 48|
|A Brief History of the Rise of Health Insurance in the United States||p. 48|
|How Health Insurance Operates||p. 50|
|Managed Care||p. 55|
|Health Economics in a Health Policy Context||p. 63|
|Health Economics Defined||p. 64|
|Economic Basics: Demand||p. 67|
|Economic Basics: Supply||p. 71|
|Economic Basics: Markets||p. 73|
|Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, SCHIP, and Medicare||p. 79|
|State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)||p. 92|
|The Uninsured and Health Reform||p. 103|
|Characteristics of the Uninsured||p. 104|
|The Importance of Health Insurance Coverage to Health Status||p. 106|
|Ways to Count the Costs of Uninsurance||p. 107|
|Safety Net Providers||p. 108|
|The Difficulty of Reform in the United States||p. 109|
|Unsuccessful Attempts to Pass National Health Insurance Reform||p. 112|
|State Health Reform||p. 115|
|Individual Rights in Health Care and Public Health||p. 131|
|Individual Rights and Health Care: A Global Perspective||p. 134|
|Individual Rights and the Health Care System||p. 134|
|Individual Rights in a Public Health Context||p. 144|
|Health Care Quality Policy and Law||p. 151|
|Medical Errors as a Public Health Concern||p. 152|
|Promoting Health Care Quality Through the Standard of Care||p. 153|
|Tort Liability of Hospitals, Insurers, and Managed Care Organizations||p. 156|
|Federal Preemption of State Liability Laws Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)||p. 159|
|Basic Skills in Health Policy Analysis|
|The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis||p. 167|
|Policy Analysis Overview||p. 167|
|Structuring a Policy Analysis||p. 169|
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