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From The CriticsReviewer: Arnold D. Kaluzny, PhD, MHA (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health)
Description: This book is a compilation of invited papers on the management and policy issues facing the United States.
Purpose: It is designed to provide a single source and comprehensive yet readable account of these issues, with specific reference to the challenges that followed the defeat of the healthcare reform initiative of 1992-1993.
Audience: The book is intended for a number of audiences, including students, health services researchers, policy analysts, health care managers, and practitioners and providers of health services. Each chapter provides a conceptual overview or problem statement, documentation of the present issues and relevant literature, and some designation of the future challenges or issues that need to be addressed.
Features: The book is divided into five sections, with each section containing two or more chapters. The first three sections are on the three key components of health policy: access, cost, and quality. The fourth section addresses special populations, with individual chapters devoted to long-term care, AIDS, children's and families' health, women's health, and the homeless. The fifth and final section concerns directions for change with chapters on hospital price competition, regulation, lessons from other countries, the role of prevention and personal health, medical malpractice, and the ethical issues in public health and health services management.
Assessment: The clearly presented material is well documented and illustrated, and the objective of being a "single, comprehensive yet readable account of the issues facing the United States in health care policy and management" is met.