Solving the Health Care Problem: How Other Nations Have Succeeded and Why America Has Failed

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Examines Australia and Canada to help explain why the United States provides less health care protection than other democratic nations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791468388
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Behan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston–Downtown.

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Table of Contents



The Research Question
Explanations from the Literature
The Research Method
The Book

1. What Can This Approach Tell Us?

2. Canada

Historical Influences and Legacies
Canadian Health Care Reform Initiatives
Theoretical Explanations and Canadian Health Policy

3. Australia

Historical Influences and Legacies
Australian Health Care Reform Initiatives
Theoretical Explanations and Australian Health Policy

4. The United States

Historical Influences and Legacies
Division, Delay, and Private Entrenchment
U.S. Health Care Reform Initiatives
Theoretical Explanations and U.S. Health Policy

5. A Second, Systematic Approach

The Theoretical Implications of the Three National Studies
A Systematic Comparative Historical Method
The Qualitative Comparative Analysis

6. Conclusions

Theoretical Conclusions from the Traditional Study
What the Systematic Study Adds
So What?
Limitations to the Study
Directions for Future Research

Appendix A. The Selection of Cases
Appendix B. A Typology of Health Policy Outcomes
Appendix C. The Choice of Causal Factors
Appendix D. The Final Sixteen Factors and “Constants”
Appendix E. A Short Introduction to Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Appendix F. Tables used in the QCA


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