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Overview

An engaging and clinically applicable work on the principles and structure of the U.S. healthcare system

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"Eminently readable...Anyone wanting to gain insight into the forces that shaping health policy and the future of health care will appreciate this book."—Critical Care Nurse Magazine

Understanding Health Policy is the best-written, most informative book available on the subject—and it's the #1 choice for healthcare students and professionals alike. The authors carefully weave key principles, descriptions, and concrete examples into chapters that make important health policy issues both interesting and understandable.

Fully updated to reflect current issues in the ever-changing world of healthcare, the newest edition addresses all the topics that affect you most, from the structure and organization of the industry to issues regarding government and private insurance, to access to healthcare.

Everything you need to understand how the healthcare system works - and your role in it:

  • Clinical vignettes in every chapter illustrate key points
  • Detailed treatment of both U.S. and international issues
  • A complete chapter of review questions
  • NEW Expanded coverage of healthcare workers other than physicians
  • NEW Closer scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry
  • NEW Brand-new chapter on the medical education system
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This book discusses the interface of health policy with healthcare provision, explaining how the healthcare system operates.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain how the healthcare system functions or fails to function in order to discuss needed changes.
Audience: The intended audience is health professional graduate students, but the book would be useful to any student or practicing health professional who really has not had an in-depth policy course or a review of healthcare delivery issues.
Features: The book logically progresses from a description of healthcare delivery to the issues of payment, access, reimbursement, and organization. Workforce health professions' education is discussed, presenting shortage data. The final chapters focus on costs, quality, health promotion/disease prevention, ethical issues, and four cases of national healthcare in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. Final sections present the core issues facing the new federal administration: national health insurance, conflict or resistance to change, and challenges. Discussion questions that can be used for classroom or group discussions are the finale. Case studies bring the content to life, helping readers relate to personal experiences. The book would have been strengthened by tying into the Institute of Medicine's competencies for healthcare as well as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the quality movement.
Assessment: Of the many health policy books, this is the only one that is succinct and clinically oriented.
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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description: This book discusses the interface of health policy with healthcare provision, explaining how the healthcare system operates.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain how the healthcare system functions or fails to function in order to discuss needed changes.
Audience: The intended audience is health professional graduate students, but the book would be useful to any student or practicing health professional who really has not had an in-depth policy course or a review of healthcare delivery issues.
Features: The book logically progresses from a description of healthcare delivery to the issues of payment, access, reimbursement, and organization. Workforce health professions' education is discussed, presenting shortage data. The final chapters focus on costs, quality, health promotion/disease prevention, ethical issues, and four cases of national healthcare in Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada. Final sections present the core issues facing the new federal administration: national health insurance, conflict or resistance to change, and challenges. Discussion questions that can be used for classroom or group discussions are the finale. Case studies bring the content to life, helping readers relate to personal experiences. The book would have been strengthened by tying into the Institute of Medicine's competencies for healthcare as well as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the quality movement.
Assessment: Of the many health policy books, this is the only one that is succinct and clinically oriented.
Annals of Internal Medicine
This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and possible solutions for, cost control, long-term care, quality control, ethical issues, and insurance programs. Clinicians are likely to find the text attractive because of its supportive flowcharts and its frequent use of specific, concrete examples.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071496063
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Series: LANGE Clinical Medicine Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Bodenheimer, MD, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Kevin Grumbach, MD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Paradox of Excess and Deprivation
2. Paying for Health Care
3. Access to Health Care
4. Reimbursing Health Care Providers
5. How Health Care is Organized – I
6. How Health Care is Organized – II
7. The Health Care Workforce and the Education of Health Professionals
8. Painful Versus Painless Cost Control
9. Mechanisms for Controlling Costs
10. Quality of Health Care
11. Prevention of Illness
12. Long-Term Care
13. Medical Ethics and the Rationing of Health Care
14. Health Care in Four Nations
15. National Health Insurance
16. Conflict & Change in America’s Health Care System
17. Conclusion: Tensions and Challenges
18. Questions & Discussion Topics

Thomas S. Bodenheimer, MD, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Kevin Grumbach, MD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

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