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From The CriticsReviewer: James D. Bramble, PhD (Creighton University)
Description: This is an update of a general book on the organization and delivery of healthcare services.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a clear understanding and overview of the healthcare system and the complicated and complex issues that it confronts. This is a useful book for courses on the organization and delivery of healthcare services.
Audience: Intended for students of healthcare and related professions, healthcare practitioners can also benefit from the broad understanding of the U.S. healthcare system addressed in this book.
Features: The chapters together provide a broad overview of the social and political forces that help shape the complex structures and processes of the U.S. healthcare system. Each chapter begins with a brief description of its contents and is able to stand alone for the reader wishing to study specific topics. In addition to an appendix of acronyms, the authors included a list of web site address of U.S. government and other related healthcare sites for the reader.
Assessment: Updates to this edition provide relevant recent studies and statistics that further the discussion started in the previous edition. The breadth of the book seems more than adequate to familiarize the reader with the U.S. healthcare system. By the authors' own admission, however, readers from allied health professions (i.e., physical therapy) may be disappointed with the lack of specifics regarding their area of specialty. Nonetheless, allied healthcare providers need a greater understanding of the issues affecting the healthcare delivery system in which they work. With easy to read and well organized chapters accompanied by appropriate figures and tables, this book accomplishes its goal of providing a basic broad understanding of the American healthcare system.