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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eugene C. Rich, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This multi-authored work is organized around five key themes in U.S. health policy: access; cost; quality; special populations; and options for health system reform.
Purpose: The authors' stated goal is to "take a comprehensive and careful look at current issues in health care policy and management." This worthy purpose is skillfully accomplished in this comprehensive work.
Audience: The proposed audience includes students in healthcare policy and management, health services researchers, health policy experts, healthcare managers, and practitioners (especially physicians and nurses).
Features: This superb book provides a thorough and authoritatve overview of the complex US healthcare system. There are excellent chapters on such diverse topics as Policies to Extend ...Coverage (a brief history of health insurance), Measuring Health care Costs, Pharmaceutical Prices, Evaluating the Quality of Care, and Medicare Reform. Completed in late 2000 (with copyright 2001), it inevitably presents some details now out-dated (e.g. HCFA is now CMS; the Federal budget surplus has evaporated, etc).The topics and chapters are so well conceived that the material remains highly informative and relevant despite these minor lapses.
Assessment: This outstanding, comprehensive resource on the U.S. healthcare system is sure to be of great value to students, educators, and scholars. Given the rapid changes in healthcare financing, provider organizations, and medical and administrative technologies, this second edition is a welcome improvement.