Essentials of Health Policy and Law

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-09
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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

Prologuep. vii
Series Pagep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
About the Authorsp. xvii
Overview of Policy and Law in the United States
Introduction: Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Lawp. 3
Introductionp. 3
The Role of Policy and Law in Health Care and Public Healthp. 3
Conceptualizing Health Policy and Lawp. 5
Conclusionp. 7
Policy and the Policymaking Processp. 11
Introductionp. 11
Defining Policyp. 11
Public Policymaking Structure and Processp. 13
The Health Bureaucracyp. 23
Interest Groupsp. 28
Conclusionp. 29
Law and the Legal Systemp. 31
Introductionp. 31
The Role of Lawp. 32
The Definition and Sources of Lawp. 32
Key Features of the Legal Systemp. 35
Conclusionp. 41
Essential Issues in Health Policy and Law
Understanding Health Insurancep. 47
Introductionp. 47
Health Insurance Coveragep. 48
A Brief History of the Rise of Health Insurance in the United Statesp. 48
How Health Insurance Operatesp. 50
Managed Carep. 55
Conclusionp. 61
Health Economics in a Health Policy Contextp. 63
Introductionp. 63
Health Economics Definedp. 64
Economic Basics: Demandp. 67
Economic Basics: Supplyp. 71
Economic Basics: Marketsp. 73
Conclusionp. 77
Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, SCHIP, and Medicarep. 79
Introductionp. 79
Medicaidp. 80
State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)p. 92
Medicarep. 94
Conclusionp. 99
The Uninsured and Health Reformp. 103
Introductionp. 103
Characteristics of the Uninsuredp. 104
The Importance of Health Insurance Coverage to Health Statusp. 106
Ways to Count the Costs of Uninsurancep. 107
Safety Net Providersp. 108
The Difficulty of Reform in the United Statesp. 109
Unsuccessful Attempts to Pass National Health Insurance Reformp. 112
State Health Reformp. 115
Conclusionp. 116
Individual Rights in Health Care and Public Healthp. 131
Introductionp. 131
Backgroundp. 132
Individual Rights and Health Care: A Global Perspectivep. 134
Individual Rights and the Health Care Systemp. 134
Individual Rights in a Public Health Contextp. 144
Conclusionp. 148
Health Care Quality Policy and Lawp. 151
Introductionp. 151
Medical Errors as a Public Health Concernp. 152
Promoting Health Care Quality Through the Standard of Carep. 153
Tort Liability of Hospitals, Insurers, and Managed Care Organizationsp. 156
Federal Preemption of State Liability Laws Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)p. 159
Conclusionp. 162
Basic Skills in Health Policy Analysis
The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysisp. 167
Introductionp. 167
Policy Analysis Overviewp. 167
Structuring a Policy Analysisp. 169
Conclusionp. 178
Indexp. 179
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