Health Care Services In The 1990s

Overview

This practical consumer's guide is designed to help the consumer face and manage the tremendous challenges of the American health care system. This guide offers useful information and reference material that is essential to becoming a better consumer. Numerous opportunities exist for an individual consumer to gain health advancements from the nation's excellent and rich health care resources, and this guide can help the reader obtain these advantages by demonstrating the best approach to the system. The reader ...
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Overview

This practical consumer's guide is designed to help the consumer face and manage the tremendous challenges of the American health care system. This guide offers useful information and reference material that is essential to becoming a better consumer. Numerous opportunities exist for an individual consumer to gain health advancements from the nation's excellent and rich health care resources, and this guide can help the reader obtain these advantages by demonstrating the best approach to the system. The reader will learn how to protect oneself when at risk in the midst of health care options, alternatives and choices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275939090
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/1991
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

SANDRA J. GUERRA is the Clayton Foundation Administrator at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Your Role in Health Care

Being Informed: Understanding the System

Taking Charge: Promoting Your Own Health

Be the Best that You Can

Protecting Your Life: Where Care Is Given

Ambulatory Care: Backbone of the System

The Hospital: Big Risks, Big Rewards

Long-Term Care: Many Choices, Many Opportunities; Mental Health: A Real Challenge

The Powers That Be: Who Gives Care?

Your Physician: A Key Player

Dentists: Real Success, Fading Future

The Supporting Cast: Other Important Providers

Paying The Bill: Health Insurance

Health Insurance: What It Is, How It Works; Managed Care: Lower Cost, More Restrictions

Paying The Bill: Governmental Programs

Medicare: A Partial Help

The Uninsured and Underinsured: Squeezed and in Trouble

Financing and Reimbursement: Who Gets Paid And How

National Health Expenditures

Payments to Professionals and Institutions

The Quality of Care

Measuring and Assuring the Quality of Care

Your Rights as a Consumer

Alternatives To Traditional Medicine

New Approaches To Special Situations

Bypassing Traditional Resources

Epilogue

Appendix A: Sources of Information

Appendix B: Toll-Free Numbers

Appendix C: State Medical Boards, Medicare Carriers, and PROS

Index

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