Changing the U.S. Health Care System: Key Issues in Health Services Policy and Management (Jossey Bass/Aha Press Series)

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Explore in-depth the possibilities for public health and policy reform. The second edition of Changing the U.S. Health Care System is a thoroughly revised and updated compendium of the most current thought on three key components of health care policy-improving access, controlling costs, and ensuring quality. Written by a stellar panel of experts in the field of health care policy, this second edition highlights the most recent research relevant to health policy issues. This valuable resource also includes analyses of current health care policy challenges and presents a wide-range of viable solutions. In addition, the book contains an overview of the opportunities in the growing fields of public health and health policy.

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The second edition of Changing the U.S. Health Care System is a thoroughly revised and updated compendium of the most current thought on three key components of health care policy-improving access, controlling costs, and ensuring quality. Written by a stellar panel of experts in the field of health care policy, this second edition highlights the most recent research relevant to health policy issues. This valuable resource also includes analyses of current health care policy challenges and presents a wide range of viable solutions. In addition, the book contains an overview of the opportunities in the growing fields of public health and health policy. The contributors explore in-depth the possibilities for public health and policy reform. For example, they present a multidisciplinary approach and offer effective proposals for the improvement of health care services for vulnerable populations such as low income women, children, and families, and the growing number of homeless people. They also address health care issues that affect populations with special needs including the elderly, who need long-term care, and the HIV/AIDS community. Changing the U.S. Health Care System examines preventative health care and public health services and features valuable information on a wide range of topics including: ? A review of medical malpractice liability ? The ethics of public health and health care services ? The appropriate role of competitive markets versus the regulatory role of government ? The fragmented system of children's health services ? The provision and financing of mental health services ? Prospects for Medicare reform Health care professionals and policy managers, health care policy researchers and analysts, and students will find Changing the U.S. Health Care System to be an essential text for fully understanding public health, health policy, and the possibility of reform. Ronald M. Andersen is the Fred W. and Pamela K. Wasserman Professor of Health Services and professor in the department of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles Thomas H. Rice is professor, department of health services, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health. Gerald F. Kominski is associate professor, department of health services and associate director, Center for Health Policy Research, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health. They are the coeditors of the first edition of Changing the U.S. Health Care System (Jossey-Bass, 1996).

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"The authoritative book on the U.S. health care system. Any student, scholar, executive, or policymaker who wants to understand a particular phenomenon should consult it." —Deborah A. Freund, vice chancellor and provost, professor of public administration, Syracuse University

"Under one cover can be found the basic data and research relevant to virtually all important health policy issues, as well sophisticated analytic material on current problems and their range of possible solutions." —Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., president and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

"The first edition was exceptionally successful with our MPH and MHA introductory course on the U.S. delivery system. The second edition promises to be better yet." —James C. Romeis, professor of health services research, department of community and family medicine, Saint Louis University

"We all know the problems of our health care system, but we know far less about how to solve them. True to its title, Changing the U.S. Health Care System steps into this void, offering comprehensive information and policy alternatives for addressing these complex problems." —David Grembowski, professor, department of health services, University of Washington

"As in the earlier edition, this book provides the reader with a remarkably comprehensive assessment of the key contemporary policy and management issues facing America's health care system. A wonderful map to guide readers through the challenges and complexities of our health care system." —Howard S. Zukerman, director, Center for Health Management Research professor, department of health services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington

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