Introduction To Health Services (Delmar Series in Health Services Administration)

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This comprehensive, highly analytical text provides an integrated description and assessment of the US health care system. This important book is required reading for todayis health care manager. It addresses the key components of the health care system as well as the political and policy issues that shape the system. It enables health care workers to understand the historical development, current status, and potential future of our nationis health care system as well as their role in the complex and everchanging world of health care.

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Dr. Paul Torrens is Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health in Los Angeles

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Preface. Acknowledgments. PART ONE: Overview of the Health Services System. Chapter 1. Understanding Health Systems: The Organization of Health Care in the United States. Chapter 2. Technology in the U.S. Health Care System. Chapter 3. Population and Disease Patterns and Trends. PART TWO: Financing and Structuring Health Care. Chapter 4. Financing Health Systems. Chapter 5. Private Health Insurance and Managed Care. PART THREE: Providers of Health Services Chapter 6. Public Health: Joint Public-Private Responsibility in an Era of New Threats. Chapter 7. Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations. Chapter 8. Hospitals and Health Systems. Chapter 9. The Continuum of Long-Term Care. Chapter 10. Mental and Behavioral Health Services PART FOUR: Nonfinancial Resources for Health Care. Chapter 11. The Pharmaceutical Industry. Chapter 12. Health Care Professionals. PART FIVE: Assessing and Regulating Health Services. Chapter 13. Understanding Health Policy. Chapter 14. The Quality of Health Care. Chapter 15. Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services. Chapter 16. The Future of Health Services. Index.

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