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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James D. Bramble, PhD (Creighton University)
Description: This book is an easy-to-understand and concise overview of the healthcare system from a clinician's perspective. This second edition focuses more on the influence of managed care on healthcare delivery and provides updated data where appropriate.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of the U.S. healthcare system and the health policies that have influenced the financing and delivery of healthcare services. In very understandable language, pertinent issues are discussed and explained in a straightforward manner that is useful to not only healthcare professionals but other interested groups too.
Audience: Written primarily for medical students and physicians, it should also be useful to many other healthcare professionals working in the field (e.g., nursing and allied health professionals).
Features: Access, cost, and quality issues, and the basics for understanding the U.S. healthcare system are all covered. Examples are provided throughout each chapter to illustrate and explain important points, many of which are from a clinician's perspective. The use of figures is beneficial to depict how healthcare is financed (e.g., capitation payments). Discussion topics and questions for each chapter are provided at the conclusion.
Assessment: This book is a good overview of the U.S. healthcare system. An added chapter and emphasis on the influence of managed care as well as updated data all give the second edition added value. All the necessary issues for a general understanding of the healthcare system are provided. The topics discussed are both general and thorough enough to provide a comprehensive overview of the subject. It should be useful to both clinicians and other students of the U.S. healthcare system and its policies.