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From The CriticsReviewer: James D. Bramble, PhD (Creighton University)
Description: This is a general text on the organization and delivery of healthcare services. This second edition is updated with significant developments.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad and general overview of the healthcare system.
Audience: This book is intended for use as text for introductory courses on the organization and delivery of healthcare services. Thus it is primarily intended for students pursuing education as clinicians, administrators, policy makers, or other allied health professions within the healthcare system.
Features: The chapters are self-explanatory and can stand alone; however, when combined with the other chapters, they build a comprehensive picture of the U.S. healthcare system. The authors provide a brief discussion of the development and current status of our healthcare system, present the specific healthcare players and policies, and end with a chapter concerning the future of the healthcare system. Specific subjects include the different organizational structures, healthcare personnel, and policies that are integral in the delivery of healthcare services. An appendix of acronyms will be very useful to the reader.
Assessment: This book covers the essential topics for understanding the U.S. healthcare system. Though admittedly lacking in detail, the breadth of the text provides the beginning student with an understanding of the more vital components of our delivery system. An easily read text allows one to begin to understand an ever-increasingly complex healthcare system. However, because of the book's intent, many important topics only receive minimal attention that serves to detract from the text's comprehensiveness.