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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book details the basics of health economy necessary to understand health policy for readers who are not economics majors.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an easy to read introduction to the application of economics to health policy.
Audience: The audience is students and health professionals who lack training in economics.
Features: The book focuses on four questions which frame the content: How should society intervene in the determinants that affect health? How should healthcare be financed? How should healthcare providers be paid? How should alternative healthcare programs be evaluated when setting priorities? Using these questions as a starting point, the book starts by defining health and then moves into discussions about healthcare financing using good simplistic terms. The discussion of the determinants of health, with its examples of the impact of quality on health, helps readers question many aspects of health. Using primary care and integrated provider systems brings what could be dry content to life. These are areas to which most readers can relate.
Assessment: There are no comparable books on the market that are this simplistic yet thorough.