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Great Textbook  March 14, 2011

This is an excellent textbook. It provides an excellent overview to our U.S. health care system and covers basic material such as how medical education, ambulatory care and health care personnel needs currently are addressed and likely changes in the future. This book was a great summary of healthcare. Many say it's hard to read, but I think it did a very good job getting the point across.

Health Care USA: 4 out of 5 stars based on 1 user reviews.


Health Care USA, Seventh Edition, offers students of health administration, public health, medicine, and related fields a wide-ranging overview of America's healthcare system.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
About the Authorsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
New to the Seventh Editionp. xxi
Overview of Health Care: A Population Perspectivep. 1
Problems of Health Carep. 2
Understanding Health Carep. 3
Major Stakeholders in the U.S. Health Care Industryp. 12
Development of Managed Carep. 17
Rural Health Networksp. 18
Priorities of Health Carep. 20
The Tyranny of Technologyp. 21
Social Choices of Health Carep. 22
The Aging Populationp. 23
Access to Health Carep. 26
Quality of Carep. 27
Conflicts of Interestp. 28
Health Care's Ethical Dilemmasp. 29
Benchmark Developments in U.S. Health Carep. 33
The Great Depression and the Birth of Blue Crossp. 35
Dominant Influence of Governmentp. 37
Three Major Health Care Concernsp. 39
Efforts at Planning and Quality Controlp. 39
Managed Care Organizationsp. 41
The Reagan Administrationp. 42
Biomedical Advances: Evolution of High-Technology Medicinep. 43
Technical Advances Bring New Problemsp. 45
Roles of Medical Education and Specializationp. 46
Influence of Interest Groupsp. 48
Public Health Focus on Preventionp. 53
Economic Influences of Rising Costsp. 53
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Actp. 54
Aging of Americap. 55
Public Health's Lack of Preparednessp. 56
Oregon Death With Dignity Actp. 57
Internet and Health Carep. 58
Basic Issuesp. 59
Landmark Health Legislation: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010p. 60
Hospitals: Origin, Organization, and Performancep. 65
Historical Perspectivep. 66
Sources That Shaped the Hospital Industryp. 68
Growth and Decline in Numbers of Hospitalsp. 70
Types of Hospitalsp. 71
Financial Condition of Hospitalsp. 73
Academic Health Centers, Medical Education, and Specializationp. 74
Hospital System of the Department of Veterans Affairsp. 75
Structure and Organization of Hospitalsp. 76
Information Technology's Impact on Hospitalsp. 83
Complexity of the Systemp. 84
Types and Roles of Patientsp. 85
Diagnosis-Related Group Hospital Reimbursement Systemp. 91
Discharge Planningp. 93
Subacute Carep. 94
Market-Driven Reforms Affecting Hospitalsp. 95
Quality of Hospital Carep. 99
Hospitalists: A Rapidly Growing Innovationp. 107
Forces of Reform: Cost, Quality, and Accessp. 108
Ambulatory Carep. 113
Overview and Trendsp. 113
Private Medical Office Practicep. 117
Other Ambulatory Care Practitionersp. 124
Ambulatory Care Services of Hospitals: History and Trendsp. 124
Hospital Emergency Servicesp. 128
Freestanding Servicesp. 132
Continued Future Expansion and Experimentationp. 146
Medical Education and the Changing Practice of Medicinep. 151
Medical Education: Colonial America to the 19th Centuryp. 151
Flexner Report and Medical School Reformsp. 153
Academic Medical Centersp. 154
Graduate Medical Education Consortiap. 156
Delineation and Growth of Medical Specialtiesp. 157
Specialty Boards and Residency Performancep. 159
Physician Workforce and U.S. Medical Schoolsp. 164
Preventive Medicinep. 167
Changing Physician-Hospital Relationshipsp. 168
Cost Containment and the Restructuring of Medical Practicep. 170
Physician Report Cardsp. 173
Introduction of Health Information Technologyp. 174
A New Medical Practice Concept: The ˘Medical Home÷p. 176
Escalating Costs of Malpractice Insurancep. 176
Growing Concern About Ethical Issuesp. 176
Physicians and the Internetp. 178
Future of Medical Practicep. 178
Health Care Personnelp. 185
Health Professionsp. 185
Health Care Occupationsp. 188
Factors That Influence Demand for Health Personnelp. 212
Health Care Workforce Issuesp. 214
The Health Workforce in a Chaotic Systemp. 214
Financing Health Carep. 221
Overviewp. 221
Health Care Expenditures in Perspectivep. 222
Drivers of Health Care Expendituresp. 227
Evolution of Private Health Insurancep. 230
Government as a Source of Payment: A System in Name Onlyp. 243
Future Prospectsp. 259
Long-Term Carep. 267
Development of Long-Term Care Servicesp. 269
Modes of Long-Term Care Service Deliveryp. 273
Innovations in Long-Term Carep. 292
Long-Term Care Insurancep. 296
Future of Long-Term Carep. 297
Mental Health Servicesp. 305
Historical Overviewp. 305
Recipients of Mental Health Servicesp. 310
Organization and Financing of Mental Health Servicesp. 315
Health Insurance Coverage and Managed Behavioral Health Carep. 320
Barriers to Accessing Servicesp. 327
Priorities for Mental Health Servicesp. 328
Need for Further Researchp. 329
Public Health and the Role of Government in Health Carep. 339
Public Health in Englandp. 341
Public Health and Government-Supported Servicesp. 342
Veterans Health Administration Systemp. 348
Decline in Influence of the Public Health Servicep. 350
Responsibilities of the Public Health Sectorp. 351
Relationships of Public Health and Private Medicinep. 355
Opposition to Public Health Servicesp. 356
Resource Priorities Favor Curative Medicinep. 357
Absence of Preventive Carep. 358
Challenge of an Aging Americap. 359
Hospital-Sponsored Public Health Activitiesp. 360
Public Health Services of Voluntary Agenciesp. 360
Changing Roles of Government in Public Healthp. 361
Public Health in an Era of Privatization and Managed Carep. 362
Future Role of Government in Promoting the Publics Healthp. 363
Health Care Reform and the Public Health-Medicine Relationshipp. 365
Research: How Health Care Advancesp. 369
Focus of Different Types of Researchp. 370
Types of Researchp. 370
Patient Satisfactionp. 383
Research Ethicsp. 384
Conflicts of Interest in Researchp. 385
Future Challengesp. 386
Future of Health Carep. 393
Paradox of U.S. Health Carep. 394
Major Challenges Facing Health Carep. 395
Demand for Greater Accountability, Fiscal and Clinicalp. 396
Health Care Costsp. 399
Growth of Home, Outpatient, and Ambulatory Carep. 400
Technologyp. 401
Changing Population Compositionp. 402
Changing Professional Labor Supplyp. 403
Future of America's Health Insurance Systemsp. 407
Changing Composition of the Delivery Systemp. 408
Information Managementp. 409
Government's New Role in Public Healthp. 410
Conclusionp. 411
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 419
Web Sitesp. 431
U.S. Governmentp. 431
Other Organizationsp. 432
Indexp. 435
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