An Introduction to the US Health Care System: Sixth Edition / Edition 6

An Introduction to the US Health Care System: Sixth Edition / Edition 6

by Steven Jonas, Raymond L. Goldsteen, Karen Goldsteen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 082610214X

ISBN-13: 9780826102140

Pub. Date: 05/25/2007

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

Completely expanded and updated to account for the latest changes in the U.S. health care system, this best-selling text remains the most concise and balanced introduction to the domestic health care system. Like its predecessors, it provides an accessible overview of the basic components of the system: healthcare personnel, hospitals and other institutions,

Overview

Completely expanded and updated to account for the latest changes in the U.S. health care system, this best-selling text remains the most concise and balanced introduction to the domestic health care system. Like its predecessors, it provides an accessible overview of the basic components of the system: healthcare personnel, hospitals and other institutions, the federal government, financing and payment mechanisms, and managed care. Finally, it provides an insightful look at the prospects for health care reform.

Steven Jonas, a revered expert in public health, has enlisted his colleagues, Drs. Raymond and Karen Goldsteen, to add their expertise in public health and health policy and management to this outstanding volume. All students of health care administration and policy, as well as practicing healthcare professionals who simply want a relatively brief overview of the system, will find it useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826102140
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/25/2007
Edition description:
Sixth Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

    Foreword to the Sixth Edition

    Preface to the Sixth Edition

    Abbreviations

  1. Introduction
  2. Health and Health Care

    Health Care Systems

    U.S. Health Care System

    Future of the U.S. Health Care System

    References

  3. Health Care Workforce
  4. Overview

    Physicians

    Nursing

    Physicians Assistants

    Health Care Workforce Outside the Hospital and Physician Office

    Conclusion

    References

  5. Hospitals and Other Health Care Institutions
  6. Introduction

    SOME NUMBERS

    Hospital Structure

    Public General Hospitals

    The Hospital in the Present Era

    Long-Term Care: The Example of Nursing Homes

    References

  7. Primary and Ambulatory Care
  8. Primary Care

    Ambulatory Care

    Conclusions

    References

  9. Government and the Health Care System
  10. Introduction

    Some History

    The Constitutional Basis of Government Authority in Health Care

    The Health Care Functions of Government

    The Federal Government and the Provision of Health Services

    State Governments' Role in Health Services

    Local Governments' Role in Health Services

    Problems in Public Health

    Conclusions

    References

  11. Financing and Payment of Health Care
  12. Introduction

    How Much is Spent

    Where the Money Comes From, Within the System

    Where the Money Goes

    How the Money is Paid Out: Providers, Payers, and Payments

    Conclusions

    References

  13. Health Care System Performance
  14. Introduction

    Quality of Health Care

    Equity of Health Care

    Efficiency of Health Care

    A National Scorecard

    Data and Information Technology

    Conclusion

    References

  15. From Prepaid Group Medical Practice to Managed Care
  16. Introduction

    Medical Group Practice

    Health Maintenance Organizations

    Managed Care

    Integrated Delivery Systems

    Managed Care Today

    Some Policy Issues in Managed Care

    References

  17. Health Care Reform
  18. Introduction

    History of Change

    National Health Insurance (NHI)

    Some Contemporary Approaches to NHI

    Looking Ahead

    References

    Epilogue

    Appendix I List of Critical Reports

    Appendix II Sources of Data

    Appendix III Glossary of Terms

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