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Health Care USA, Eighth Edition, offers students of health administration, public health, medicine, and related fields a wide-ranging overview of America’s health care system.

Combining historical perspective with analysis of current trends, this expanded edition charts the evolution of modern American health care, providing a complete examination of its organization and delivery while offering critical insight into the issues that the U.S. health system faces today.

From a physician-dominated system to one defined by managed care and increasingly sophisticated technology, this essential text explains the transformation underway and the professional, political, social, and economic forces that guide it today and will in the future.

Balanced in perspective and comprehensive in its coverage, Health Care USA, Eighth Edition, provides students with a clearly organized, straightforward illustration of the complex structures, relationships and processes of this rapidly growing industry, including thoroughly updated information throughout, on the progress and impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent developments in this dynamic industry. The latest edition features:
• A comprehensive overview of the complex and evolving U.S. health care system, plus revised data, material and analysis throughout.
• Updated information on the progress and impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
• New information on the efforts of hospitals to reduce medical errors, such as the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s 100,000 Lives Initiative
• Update Department of Labor estimates of number and types of health care personnel.
• Provide an historical overview of Medicare and Medicaid programs: definitions and history
• Explain the role of Managed Care as the primary mode of US health insurance coverage
• Updated long term care industry trends
• A thoroughly revised chapter on Mental Health services including a new discussion of preventive behavioral services, and recent developments from the “Freedom Commission on Mental Health”

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: James C Townsend, DHSc., MBA, MIS (A. T. Still University)
Description: This update to a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. healthcare system includes an overview of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). The previous edition was published in 2010.
Purpose: Given the changes in healthcare in the U.S. and the passage of the ACA, this book provides a much needed update. The authors provide sufficient background information, examples, illustrations, and tools for interested readers and practitioners to learn more about their chosen field of healthcare.
Audience: Although this is intended to serve as an introductory textbook for students in public health, medicine, pharmacy and allied health, it is also a great source of information for anyone who has an interest in the organization of healthcare in the U.S. The authors and contributors have extensive experience that spans the fields of medicine, public health, academia, research, and public policy.
Features: A broad overview of the U.S. healthcare system begins the book, which then dives into the major influences that shape healthcare in the U.S., covering such topics as health information technology, medical education, financing healthcare, the role of governments, research, the future of healthcare, etc. The book also comes with an access code for a companion website that enables readers to further their learning with interactive exercises such as crossword puzzles, flashcards, and a matching questions activity. The only shortcoming of the book is its timing with the passing of the ACA. The authors make a valiant effort to highlight the most important details of the new law and some possible implications it may have on the future of the U.S. healthcare system. However, it is too early in the passing of the law to describe how the law will affect the U.S. healthcare system in its entirety. Perhaps subsequent editions will contain more in-depth details of the ACA and its effects on the U.S. healthcare system.
Assessment: With the constant changes in the U.S. healthcare system, this update is needed to provide an up-to-date introduction to healthcare as well as the forces (e.g., political, social, professional, and economic) that shape it.
James D. Bramble
This is a general text on the organization and delivery of healthcare services. This second edition is updated with significant developments. The purpose is to provide a broad and general overview of the healthcare system. 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. 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. 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.
This text for introductory courses on the organization of health at schools and colleges that prepare health professionals is designed to provide the reader with an understanding of the total health care system. Writing from a population perspective, the authors cover such topics as hospital reengineering, ambulatory and long-term care, medical education, health care personnel, finance and managed care, and mental health service. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Describes the changing roles and functions of health care in the US, and looks at the technical, economic, political, and social forces responsible for those changes. This edition integrates recent trends in health care costs, and discusses the effect of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, managed care industry consolidation, and changing professional prerogatives of physicians. There is expanded information on nursing and allied health functions. For students of health care and related professions. Sultz is affiliated with the State University of New York-Buffalo. Young teaches social and preventive medicine at the same institution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781284029888
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 7/19/2013
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 550
  • Sales rank: 51,973
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Overview of Health Care: A Population Perspective 1
Ch. 2 Benchmark Developments in U.S. Health Care 31
Ch. 3 Hospitals: Origin, Organization, and Performance 60
Ch. 4 Ambulatory Care 110
Ch. 5 Medical Education and the Changing Practice of Medicine 137
Ch. 6 Health Care Personnel 169
Ch. 7 Financing Health Care 207
Ch. 8 Managed Care 257
Ch. 9 Long-Term Care 279
Ch. 10 Mental Health Services 316
Ch. 11 Public Health and the Role of Government in Health Care 348
Ch. 12 Research: How Health Care Advances 376
Ch. 13 The Future of Health Care 398
App. A - Abbreviations and Acronyms 428
App. B - Web Sites 439
Index 442
About the Authors 461
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