Political Analysis and American Medical Care: Essays

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The role of government in medical care, however contentious and bewildering, is increasingly important given that the finance of medical care in Western democracies is now dominated by public expenditures. Why do governments choose the medical programs they do? How do particular struggles in medical care illustrate more general political conflicts? This book stems from Marmor's conviction that political science can provide answers to questions such as these. Furthermore, the essays presented here demonstrate that political analysis is a crucial element of any sensible approach to policy making. The essays are grouped intro three parts. Firstly, how the general findings of a political science illuminate disputes over medical care. Secondly, looks at political conflict in American medicine, such as paying doctors, representing consumers and restraining inflation. Lastly, the essays tie different sorts of political analysis to the appraisal of issues such as national health insurance in the 1970s and procompetitive reform in the early 1980s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521283526
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1983
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Perspective of Political Science: 1. Political science and health services administration Theodore R. Marmor and Andrew Dunham; 2. Comparative politics and health policies: notes on benefits, costs, limits Theodore R. Marmor, Amy Bridges and Wayne L. Hoffman; Part II. Politics in the World of Medicine: 3. The politics of medical inflation Theodore R. Marmor, Donald A. Wittman and Thomas C. Heagy; 4. Representing consumer interests: the case of American health planning James A. Morone and Theodore R. Marmor; 5. American health planning and the lessons of comparative policy analysis Theodore R. Marmor and Amy Bridges; 6. Doctors, politics and pay disputers: 'pressure group politics' revisited Theodore R. Marmor and David Thomas; 7. The health programs of the Kennedy-Johnson years: an overview Theodore R. Marmor with James A. Morone; Part III. The Politics of National Health Insurance: 8. Welfare medicine: how success can be a failure Theodore R. Marmor; 9. National Health Insurance: some lessons from the Canadian experience Theodore R. Marmor, Wayne L. Hoffman and Thomas C. Heagy; 10. Rethinking National Health Insurance Theodore R. Marmor; 11. Patient cost sharing Douglas Conrad and Theodore R. Marmor; Epilogue: 12. Medical care and procompetitive reform Theodore R. Marmor, Richard Boyer and Julie Greenberg; Index.

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