Understanding Health Policy : A Clinical Approach

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-12-10
  • Publisher: MCG (Manual)
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Already the number one text on health policy and rapidly becoming a classic, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach 3E covers such fundamental topics as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. Extensive case histories, drawn from the authors' actual practice, bring to life important policy issues by pinpointing individual encounters within the healthcare system. New to this Edition * More information on 2-tier model of reimbursement * Greater emphasis on defined contribution approach to controlling costs * Includes comparative information on health care policy in Canada, the UK, and Germany * "Questions & Discussion Topics" provided for each chapter to stimulate classroom discussion Please consider this important new edition for your course. Your students will gain an engaging text, that according to a review by the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law of the prior edition, "goes a long way toward helping readers understand how the health care system has worked in the past, how it is changing, and how it might work under different scenarios in the future."

Author Biography

Thomas S. Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco Kevin Grumbach, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Changing U.S. Health Care System

2. Paying for Health Care

3. Access to Health Care

4. Reimbursing Health Care Providers

5. Capitation Payment in Managed Care

6. How Health Care Is Organized

7. How Health Care Is Organized

8. Painful Versus Painless Cost Control

9. Mechanisms for Controlling Costs

10. Long-Term Care

11. The Prevention of Illness

12. The Quality of Health Care

13. Medical Ethics & the Rationing of Health Care

14. Health Care in Four Nations

15. National Health Insurance

16. Conflict & Change in U.S. Health Care

17. The Health Care Work Force

18. Conclusion: Tensions & Challenges

19. Questions & Discussion Topics


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