Introduction to Health Services

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1992-11-01
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
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The seventh edition of Introduction to Health Services builds upon its reputation as a classic book written by nationally recognized authors. This new edition addresses the increasing pressure to improve the efficiency of the nations health care system and to provide an adequate level of health care for all Americans. The seventh edition reflects the revolutionary changes in the practice of clinical medicine, government policy, information technology, and health care cost containment. In-depth information in the areas of health care finance, health care access, managed care, and insurance and home health is also provided. Research and statistics throughout make this book the premier reference for understanding all the services that compose the health care landscape.

Table of Contents

Overview of the Health Services Systemp. 1
Historical Evolution and Overview of Health Services in the United Statesp. 2
Overview of the Organization of Health Services in the United Statesp. 18
Medicine and Technologyp. 47
Patterns of Illness and Disease and Access to Health Carep. 61
Financing and Structuring Health Carep. 91
Financing Health Servicesp. 92
Managed Care: Restructuring the Systemp. 124
Private Health Insurance and Employee Benefitsp. 140
Providers of Health Servicesp. 161
The Evolution of Public Health: A Joint Public-Private Responsibilityp. 162
Ambulatory Health Care Servicesp. 177
Hospitals and Health Systemsp. 202
The Continuum of Long-Term Carep. 234
Mental Health Servicesp. 280
Nonfinancial Resources for Health Carep. 309
Pharmaceuticalsp. 310
Health Care Professionalsp. 326
Assessing and Regulating Health Servicesp. 351
Health Policy and the Politics of Health Carep. 352
Assessing and Improving Quality of Carep. 373
Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Servicesp. 392
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