An Introduction to the U. S. Heatlh Care System / Edition 4

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Reviewer: Judith Lee Kissell, PhD, MA, BA (Creighton University)
Description: The fourth edition of this book, and the first by this author, describes the various elements of healthcare in the United States as a system, and describes how each element is affected by the current changes in health finance and organization.
Purpose: The book is designed to give students and professionals who lack a background in health policy a broad understanding of the complexities of the United States health system and how it is changing under current financial and organizational pressures. Such an account is badly needed. The author does an excellent job of meeting his objectives.
Audience: The author aims this book at medical students and at practitioners who are not experts at health policy but who require broad understanding of the system. He succeeds in this goal.
Features: The author, a physician and professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has written widely in the area of health policy and is well qualified to address this topic. The book contains two appendixes that provide a valuable list of reports on the healthcare system and suggestions for data sources.
Assessment: This is a valuable source for a broad overview of healthcare in the United States as a system. Its conciseness comprises some of its value as a tool for medical students whose time is limited, but who badly need this information. Perhaps its greatest value is that, because it focuses on healthcare as a system, it points to problems sometimes neglected in consideration of the changes occurring in healthcare. The author suggests, for instance, that attention be paid to the importance of public health and to how the structure of the healthcare system, which addresses acute illness and care, needs also to consider chronic illness and care. The change to managed care could, perhaps, be better clarified if he were to choose as a framework the notion of the integrated delivery system rather than managed care. Also, he mentions, but fails to elaborate upon, the differences between for profit and not-for-profit systems.
Judith Lee Kissell
The fourth edition of this book, and the first by this author, describes the various elements of healthcare in the United States as a system, and describes how each element is affected by the current changes in health finance and organization. The book is designed to give students and professionals who lack a background in health policy a broad understanding of the complexities of the United States health system and how it is changing under current financial and organizational pressures. Such an account is badly needed. The author does an excellent job of meeting his objectives. The author aims this book at medical students and at practitioners who are not experts at health policy but who require broad understanding of the system. He succeeds in this goal. The author, a physician and professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has written widely in the area of health policy and is well qualified to address this topic. The book contains two appendixes that provide a valuable list of reports on the healthcare system and suggestions for data sources. This is a valuable source for a broad overview of healthcare in the United States as a system. Its conciseness comprises some of its value as a tool for medical students whose time is limited, but who badly need this information. Perhaps its greatest value is that, because it focuses on healthcare as a system, it points to problems sometimes neglected in consideration of the changes occurring in healthcare. The author suggests, for instance, that attention be paid to the importance of public health and to how the structure of the healthcare system, which addresses acute illness and care, needs also toconsider chronic illness and care. The change to managed care could, perhaps, be better clarified if he were to choose as a framework the notion of the integrated delivery system rather than managed care. Also, he mentions, but fails to elaborate upon, the differences between for profit and not-for-profit systems.
APHA Health Administration Newsletter
This is a brief, easy-to-read volume which is an ideal text for medical and nursing students who require a basic understanding of American health services, without a detailed exploration of their complexities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826139856
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 An Overview of the U.S. Health Care System 1
Ch. 2 Personnel 25
Ch. 3 Institutions: Hospital 45
Ch. 4 Institutions: Primary and Ambulatory Care 63
Ch. 5 Financing 84
Ch. 6 Government 103
Ch. 7 Principles of Health Planning 123
Ch. 8 From Group Medical Practice to Managed Care 144
Ch. 9 National Health Insurance and National Health Reform 165
Appendix I 189
Appendix II 191
Index 197
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Foreword

This new edition portrays the 'system as a whole,' complicated but still described and analyzed as a total organism. With the sophistication and clarity of Dr.Stevn Jonas, this account manages to encompass all the diverse components of the American health system in a relatively short volume. It paints a picture with the necessary highlights and shadows, yet on a canvas with a relatively small frame.
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