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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eleanor V. Howell, PhD, RN (Creighton University School of Nursing)
Description: In this new edition of a 1994 text, the editors bring together selected readings on U.S. healthcare policy issues. Abridged and unabridged articles published between 1989 and 1996, along with three chapters prepared exclusively for this edition, are arranged into four sections addressing issues in health status of the population and access to care, the organization of care delivery systems, the financing and economics of healthcare, and healthcare reform.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce novices in the policy arena to significant areas, problems, issues, and trends in the field of health policy and to the values and perspectives of selected contributors to policy discussions.
Audience: This book was written for nurses and others interested in economics and issues of health policy.
Features: Contributors represent a variety of disciplines, including political science, medicine, public health, sociology, and nursing. The editors introduce each section with a summary of salient points in the section readings. A glossary of commonly used healthcare delivery and financing terms is included.
Assessment: This collection of well-written articles provides an introduction to interdisciplinary methods used in examining policy needs and effectiveness and critiques the adequacy of healthcare financing and delivery in primary, home, and long-term care settings, for population groups such as children, women, and the aged, and in comparison to Canadian and European delivery systems. For the second edition, the majority of the 47 articles represent new contributions, and two of the chapters prepared for this edition on the political process and policy advocacy are especially relevant to the nursing audience. The editors acknowledge that readings favor their personal biases, primarily favoring mandated universal access and federally regulated delivery systems. Students will need to supplement the text with other resources to obtain a balanced perspective on the issues and policy solutions.