The Health Care Policy Process

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Overview

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

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Editorial Reviews

Nancy Milio
This book is written from an international and comparative perspective, attempting to cover both developing and affluent countries around the globe. Its policymaking focus is somewhat unusual in that it attempts to help readers understand how policy studies are done in order to assist them in using ""evidence"" to support their policy efforts to improve health conditions in their respective countries. The author is an educator in health management, planning, and policy, now Head of the International Division of the British Nuffield Institute for Health. The purpose is to provide readers with a working knowledge of the different ways they can analyze policy issues and assess the views of interest groups, analyze and critically read policy studies, and use workable concepts and criteria to select and take action in a wide range of policy sectors that affect health. It is aimed at health professionals in management positions, students, and people involved in policymaking, especially those with an interest in international health, or in how the experience of other countries may inform their policy efforts in their own sphere. It appears to be most suitable for audiences with little experience in the policy field. The book has a detailed table of contents and a large number of helpful features, including six figures, three tables, and 12 boxes to illustrate and encapsulate textual discussions. Each chapter has a useful bulleted summary. Each of the book's five parts has an introduction to the chapters, which cover why policy should be studied, what the policy process is, and how policy studies are done. In addition key issues in health policy are discussed, including poverty, equity,aid to developing countries, and privatization in the health sector worldwide. The bibliography is current but not extensive. The book is very broad in scope and in its range of intended audiences. It perhaps attempts too much in less than 200 pages. The work is more discursive and anecdotal than based on an analytic or extensive literature review or piece of research. Topical discussions are brief, and several diagrams seem to be too simple to add to the textual discussion, although they may be helpful to the novice.
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Reviewer: Nancy Milio, PhD, FAAN, FAPHA (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Public Health)
Description: This book is written from an international and comparative perspective, attempting to cover both developing and affluent countries around the globe. Its policymaking focus is somewhat unusual in that it attempts to help readers understand how policy studies are done in order to assist them in using "evidence" to support their policy efforts to improve health conditions in their respective countries. The author is an educator in health management, planning, and policy, now Head of the International Division of the British Nuffield Institute for Health.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a working knowledge of the different ways they can analyze policy issues and assess the views of interest groups, analyze and critically read policy studies, and use workable concepts and criteria to select and take action in a wide range of policy sectors that affect health.
Audience: It is aimed at health professionals in management positions, students, and people involved in policymaking, especially those with an interest in international health, or in how the experience of other countries may inform their policy efforts in their own sphere. It appears to be most suitable for audiences with little experience in the policy field.
Features: The book has a detailed table of contents and a large number of helpful features, including six figures, three tables, and 12 boxes to illustrate and encapsulate textual discussions. Each chapter has a useful bulleted summary. Each of the book's five parts has an introduction to the chapters, which cover why policy should be studied, what the policy process is, and how policy studies are done. In addition key issues in health policy are discussed, including poverty, equity, aid to developing countries, and privatization in the health sector worldwide. The bibliography is current but not extensive.
Assessment: The book is very broad in scope and in its range of intended audiences. It perhaps attempts too much in less than 200 pages. The work is more discursive and anecdotal than based on an analytic or extensive literature review or piece of research. Topical discussions are brief, and several diagrams seem to be too simple to add to the textual discussion, although they may be helpful to the novice.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803976276
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/31/1996
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: WHAT ARE HEALTH POLICIES AND HOW ARE THEY MADE?
Why Study Health Policy?
What Does Health Care Do for Society?
The Policy Process
PART TWO: STUDYING HEALTH CARE POLICIES
Approaches to Policy Studies
Designing a Policy Study
Techniques and Methods for Policy Studies
PART THREE: ANALYZING HEALTH CARE POLICIES
Introduction
Power
Professionalism and Bureaucracy
PART FOUR: KEY ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY
Introduction
Poverty
Equity
Development
Aid and the Health Sector
Privatization within the Health Sector
PART FIVE: CAN THE STUDY OF HEALTH POLICY IMPROVE THE PROCESS?
Developing Health Policy

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