Health of Nations

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Cq Pr
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Health of Nations provides detailed overviews of the health care systems of the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom and compares and contrasts the health care systems of these five other with the United States. ''''In this thoroughly revised third edition, author Laurene Graig analyzes the health care delivery systems in each of these countries and makes expert and insightful assessments about what works... what doesn't work... and what promising new ideas are now being tested. Health of Nations provides an excellent cross-national comparison of the major healthcare systems in existence today.'''''' The book is an excellent reference guide for students of international policy or anyone seeking information on U.S. Health care reform.

Author Biography

Laurene A. Graig serves as a research analyst for Watson Wyatt, an independent worldwide consulting firm.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Health Care: an International Perspectivep. 1
Health Care Paradigmsp. 2
Health Services Continuump. 3
Convergence among Health Systemsp. 4
Limits to Convergencep. 7
Parameters of the Studyp. 7
Managing the U.S. Health Care Systemp. 9
A System in Constant Fluxp. 9
Health Insurance Coverage in the United Statesp. 13
Back to the Futurep. 17
Health Care Reform Takes Center Stagep. 20
Managed Care's Transformation of the U.S. Health Care Systemp. 22
From There to Herep. 23
Managed Care's Impact on Provider Paymentp. 27
Managed Care as Effective Agent of Cost Controlp. 29
Costs: What Goes Down Must Come Upp. 30
Managed Care under Firep. 33
The Future: Incremental Approach as the Only Game in Townp. 35
It Ain't Over Yetp. 38
German Health Care: Bismarck's Grand (and Enduring) Designp. 40
Overview of the German Health Care Systemp. 41
Health Care Expenditures, Then and Nowp. 42
Present at the Creation: Tracing the Roots of National Health Insurancep. 45
The Current System: Health Care Benefits, Organization, and Financingp. 49
Outside the Sickness Fund System: The Privately Insuredp. 54
Long-Term Care Insurance Programp. 55
Health Care Deliveryp. 56
Twenty Years of Health Care Cost Control: 1977-Presentp. 60
Health Care Reform as a Permanent State?p. 65
Convergencep. 71
Health Care in the Netherlands: Managed Competition Goes Dutchp. 73
Overview of the Dutch Health Care Systemp. 74
Dutch Health Care: History and Current Organizationp. 75
Health Care Financingp. 80
Health Care Deliveryp. 80
Health Care Reform in the Netherlandsp. 83
Outlook for the Futurep. 87
Changing Roles in the Dutch Health Care Sectorp. 88
Convergencep. 89
Made in Japan: Universal Health Insurancep. 91
The Japanese Advantagep. 91
Confluence of East and Westp. 95
Legislating Health Insurance Coveragep. 98
Organized Complexityp. 99
Health Care Deliveryp. 107
Controlling Health Care Costs: Nationwide Fee Schedulep. 110
The Sun Also Sets on Japanese Health Carep. 112
Convergencep. 119
Northern Exposure: Canada's National Health Insurance Systemp. 121
Overview of Canadian Health Carep. 123
Canadian National Health Insurance: A Long Time Comingp. 124
Medicare Is Bornp. 127
Political and Cultural Underpinnings of Canadian Health Carep. 128
Health Care Delivery in Canadap. 130
Canadian Health Care Financingp. 133
Health Care Cost-Control, Canadian-Stylep. 140
The Future of Canadian Health Carep. 146
Convergencep. 147
Reforming the British National Health Servicep. 151
Overview of British Health Carep. 153
Britain's Sacred Cow: The National Health Servicep. 154
NHS Financingp. 156
Health Care Deliveryp. 160
The Role of the Private Sectorp. 163
NHS Reforms: Working for Patientsp. 164
Toward the NHS's Next Half Centuryp. 170
Convergencep. 173
International Experience and U.S. Health Carep. 175
The United States Is Uniquep. 177
Limited Convergence among Systemsp. 179
Aging Populationsp. 180
The Future of U.S. Health Carep. 182
Six Systems at a Glancep. 185
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 217
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