Understanding Health Policy

Understanding Health Policy

by Thomas S. Bodenheimer, Kevin Grumbach
     
 

Already the number one text on health policy and rapidly becoming a classic, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach 3E covers such fundamental topics as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. Extensive case histories, drawn from the authors' actual practice, bring to life important policy issues by

Overview

Already the number one text on health policy and rapidly becoming a classic, Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach 3E covers such fundamental topics as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. Extensive case histories, drawn from the authors' actual practice, bring to life important policy issues by pinpointing individual encounters within the healthcare system.

New to this Edition


* More information on 2-tier model of reimbursement
* Greater emphasis on defined contribution approach to controlling costs
* Includes comparative information on health care policy in Canada, the UK, and Germany
* "Questions & Discussion Topics" provided for each chapter to stimulate classroom discussion

Please consider this important new edition for your course. Your students will gain an engaging text, that according to a review by the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law of the prior edition, "goes a long way toward helping readers understand how the health care system has worked in the past, how it is changing, and how it might work under different scenarios in the future."

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Eugene C. Rich, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This relatively brief book provides a surprisingly comprehensive overview of the U.S. healthcare system; the previous edition was published 1998.
Purpose: The authors' stated purpose is to "explain how the health care system works." focusing on basic principles of healthcare policy and emphasizing comparisons with other systems as well as opportunities for change in our own.
Audience: The stated audience is health science students (e.g., medical, nursing, physician assistant, pharmacy, public health).
Features: In 19 chapters ranging from "Paying for Health Care" to "Mechanisms for Controlling Cost" to "The Quality of Health Care," the authors skillfully use clinical vignettes, administrative case studies, historical examples, and illustrations to describe the U.S. healthcare system. Most vignettes work well as accurate and illustrative archetypes of real world situations. A few are oversimplified from the practitioner's viewpoint, but likely serve adequately in their chief application of teaching health sciences students. The section on quality of care lacks substantive discussion of medical errors and patient safety initiatives.
Assessment: This is generally an excellent book, filled with interesting information not only for the student, but for the experienced practitioner and administrator as well. Given the rapid changes in the U.S. healthcare system since 1998, this third edition is well justified. The book was originally conceived and written during an era when many health policy experts expected U.S. healthcare to be reorganized into integrated care delivery systems financed by capitation; nonetheless, in chapter 16 the authors acknowledge the recent national divergence in strategies and review implications for the future.
4 Stars! from Doody
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071378154
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
12/10/2001
Series:
Lange Basic Science Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.37(d)

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