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Title Policy challenges in modern health care / edited by David Mechanic [and others]
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 276 pages)
Contents Morality, politics, and health policy / James A. Morone -- Cross pressures / Theda Skocpol and Patricia Seliger Keenan -- The employer-based health insurance system / Sherry A. Glied -- Entrepreneurial challenges to integrated health care / James C. Robinson -- Fundamental sources of health inequalities / Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan -- A public health approach to firearms policy / David Hemenway -- Tobacco policy in the United States / Kenneth E. Warner -- Patterns and causes of disparities in health / David R. Williams -- Addressing racial inequality in health care / Sara Rosenbaum and Joel Teitelbaum -- Still demanding medical excellence / Michael L. Millenson -- Preventing medical errors / Lucian L. Leap -- Improving quality through nursing / Linda H. Aiken -- Improving medicare for beneficiaries with disabilities / Lisa I. Iezzoni -- Specialization, specialty organizations, and the quality of health care / Rosemary A. Stevens -- Integrating people with mental illness into health insurance and social services / Richard G. Frank and Thomas G. McGuire -- Accountability for reasonable limits to care / Norman Daniels
Summary Annotation Health care delivery in the United States is an enormously complex enterprise, and its $1.6 trillion annual expenditures involve a host of competing interests. While arguably the nation offers among the most technologically advanced medical care in the world, the American system consistently under performs relative to its resources. Gaps in financing and service delivery pose major barriers to improving health, reducing disparities, achieving universal insurance coverage, enhancing quality, controlling costs, and meeting the needs of patients and families. Bringing together twenty-five of the nation's leading experts in health care policy and public health, this book provides a much-needed perspective on how our health care system evolved, why we face the challenges that we do, and why reform is so difficult to achieve. The essays tackle tough issues including: socieconomic disadvantage, tobacco, obesity, gun violence, insurance gaps, the rationing of services, the power of special interests, medical errors, and the nursing shortage. Linking the nation's health problems to larger political, cultural, and philosophical contexts, Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care offers a compelling look at where we stand and where we need to be headed
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Health care reform -- United States.
Health services accessibility -- United States.
Medical policy -- United States.
Health Policy.
Health Services Accessibility.
Health Care Reform.
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Mechanic, David, 1936-
LC no. 2004016589
ISBN 0813541093 (electronic bk.)
9780813541099 (electronic bk.)