Jonas' Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System, 7th Edition / Edition 7

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Overview

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This best-selling text offers a concise and balanced introduction to the domestic health care system, entirely updated to reflect changes presented by the health care reform bill of 2010 and the subsequent alterations to health care services, delivery, and financing.

Like its predecessors, the Seventh Edition of Introduction to the US Health Care System provides an accessible overview of the basic components of the system: health care personnel, hospitals and other institutions, the federal government, financing and payment mechanisms, and managed care. The text has been reorganized to provide an easier flow of information and a new chapter on health care system trends and consequences. All students of health care administration and policy, as well as practicing health professionals who seek a clear and concise overview of our health care system, will find it useful.

Key Features of the Updated Edition:

  • Reflects political and medical changes resulting from the 2010 health care reform billl
  • Reorganized for improved flow and clarity of information
  • Includes new chapter on health care system trends and consequences

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: Now in its seventh edition, this book describes and comments on the U.S. healthcare system, beginning with the definitions of common terminology and ending with the projections of the healthcare system of the future. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The book presents an overview of the U.S. healthcare system within a historical context, so that social changes and values are taken into consideration as it explores the system.
Audience: The audience is undergraduate students and medical and nursing students who might otherwise not get to study this subject in depth. Practicing health professionals and graduate students can benefit from this overview as well.
Features: After some definitions, the book moves through the expected topics of healthcare delivery systems, financing, workforce, and the push-pull factors at work in this field. A very good list of abbreviations at the beginning will help novice students with the material. The book goes into the changes due to the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform. The Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine is also cited, as well as the implications for the workforce of its recommendation that 80 percent of nurses be bachelors prepared by 2020. Humorous cartoons at the beginning of chapters help readers to recognize some of the strange situations that occur in the delivery of healthcare today.
Assessment: There are many books on the U.S. healthcare system, but few have the longevity of this one. It is easy to read and straightforward in its approach to difficult subjects such as the rise of the Tea Party and how that movement has impacted healthcare. This update is certainly needed as the landscape has changed dramatically since the previous edition was published in 2007.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: Now in its seventh edition, this book describes and comments on the U.S. healthcare system, beginning with the definitions of common terminology and ending with the projections of the healthcare system of the future. The previous edition was published in 2007.
Purpose: The book presents an overview of the U.S. healthcare system within a historical context, so that social changes and values are taken into consideration as it explores the system.
Audience: The audience is undergraduate students and medical and nursing students who might otherwise not get to study this subject in depth. Practicing health professionals and graduate students can benefit from this overview as well.
Features: After some definitions, the book moves through the expected topics of healthcare delivery systems, financing, workforce, and the push-pull factors at work in this field. A very good list of abbreviations at the beginning will help novice students with the material. The book goes into the changes due to the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform. The Future of Nursing report by the Institute of Medicine is also cited, as well as the implications for the workforce of its recommendation that 80 percent of nurses be bachelors prepared by 2020. Humorous cartoons at the beginning of chapters help readers to recognize some of the strange situations that occur in the delivery of healthcare today.
Assessment: There are many books on the U.S. healthcare system, but few have the longevity of this one. It is easy to read and straightforward in its approach to difficult subjects such as the rise of the Tea Party and how that movement has impacted healthcare. This update is certainly needed as the landscape has changed dramatically since the previous edition was published in 2007.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826109309
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/23/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 264,820
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Goldsteen
, DrPH, is Director, MPH Program and Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
University of North Dakota. He was founding Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health and Professor of Preventive Medicine in the School of
Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Goldsteen has an extensive background in health care and was formerly a director of the health policy research centers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, and the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is co-author of the first edition of Introduction to Public Health and the highly acclaimed An Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System,
now in its seventh edition.

Karen Goldsteen
, PhD, is Research Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, MPH Program, University of North Dakota. She was
Professor of Health Technology and Management in the Graduate Program in Public Health at the SUNY in Stony Brook, NY. She was a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Goldsteen is co-author of the first edition of Introduction to Public Health and the highly acclaimed An Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System, now in its seventh edition.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. The Settings for Health Care Delivery

3. The People Who Provide Health Care

4. Government and the Health Care System

5. Financing the Health Care System

6. Health Care System Performance

7. History of Change: From Prepaid Group Medical Practice to
Managed Care

8. History of Change: Health Care Reform

9. Epilogue

Index

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