Government and Health Services: Government's Role in the Development of U. S. Health Services, 1930-1980 / Edition 1

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This book examines the role of government in developing the system of health services in the U.S. mainly during the years 1930 through 1980. It traces the building of this system during this critical period within the framework of the overarching economic, social, and political policies adopted by American governments. The author's range of coverage is extremely broad, from "public health" through medical care, health manpower, health facilities, national development of local health planning, and regulation of private services. Medicare care and the special circumstances that led to the failure to establish a system of universal and comprehensive medical care coverage--an outcome unique among the developed democracies of the world--are emphasized. Environmental health protection and health education are treated in considerable detail, and again the particular paths followed in their development are shown to reflect the ways in which American society as a whole has evolved. The book contributes to an understanding of what actually happened in the 50 developmental years in contrast to widely accepted notions about the inexorable outcome of government health service programs based on some strongly arguable theoretical formulations. Although the primary emphasis is on social policy analysis, the descriptive treatment of health service structures is sufficiently detailed so that the book can serve as a text and reference on health services practice and organization. No other volume of comparable scope and depth is available, and this book is also unique in the degree to which it embeds health services policy analysis in the theory and practice of the social welfare state.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is an interesting and important analysis of policies that have shaped governmental roles in health in the U.S. during the 50-year period 1930-1980. The book is written by a single author who brings both a consistent and a transdisciplinary perspective to this task, resulting in an integrative analysis of where we are today and how we got here.
Purpose: This book seeks to fill the need for an examination of health policy that transcends any one discipline or methodological approach. This is the major strength of the book, and the history of governmental roles in public health and health services is effectively related to the political, social, and economic forces during these 50 years.
Audience: This book is intended for policy makers, stakeholders in the American health care system, students, and interested others.
Features: The features are not nearly as noteworthy as the content. Still, the presentation and use of data and information through charts and tables are quite effective. The table of contents and appearance are both formal and adequate. Annotations and references are plentiful and appropriate.
Assessment: This is an interesting and important work that addresses two questions often overlooked in discussions of governmental roles in health reform in the 1990s: where are we and how did we get here? This book is a very highly recommended addition to health science libraries and will become even more useful in the future as the current impetus behind major national reform wanes.
Bernard J. Turnock
This is an interesting and important analysis of policies that have shaped governmental roles in health in the U.S. during the 50-year period 1930-1980. The book is written by a single author who brings both a consistent and a transdisciplinary perspective to this task, resulting in an integrative analysis of where we are today and how we got here. "This book seeks to fill the need for an examination of health policy that transcends any one discipline or methodological approach. This is the major strength of the book, and the history of governmental roles in public health and health services is effectively related to the political, social, and economic forces during these 50 years. "This book is intended for policy makers, stakeholders in the American health care system, students, and interested others. "The features are not nearly as noteworthy as the content. Still, the presentation and use of data and information through charts and tables are quite effective. The table of contents and appearance are both formal and adequate. Annotations and references are plentiful and appropriate. "This is an interesting and important work that addresses two questions often overlooked in discussions of governmental roles in health reform in the 1990s: where are we and how did we get here? This book is a very highly recommended addition to health science libraries and will become even more useful in the future as the current impetus behind major national reform wanes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195069686
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Community-Wide Preventive and Control Aspects of Governmental Public Health Activities

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