History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In / Edition 1

History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In / Edition 1

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History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In / Edition 1

In our rapidly advancing scientific and technological world, many take great pride and comfort in believing that we are on the threshold of new ways of thinking, living, and understanding ourselves. But despite dramatic discoveries that appear in every way to herald the future, legacies still carry great weight. Even in swiftly developing fields such as health and medicine, most systems and policies embody a sequence of earlier ideas and preexisting patterns.

In History and Health Policy in the United States, seventeen leading scholars of history, the history of medicine, bioethics, law, health policy, sociology, and organizational theory make the case for the usefulness of history in evaluating and formulating health policy today. In looking at issues as varied as the consumer economy, risk, and the plight of the uninsured, the contributors uncover the often unstated assumptions that shape the way we think about technology, the role of government, and contemporary medicine. They show how historical perspectives can help policymakers avoid the pitfalls of partisan, outdated, or merely fashionable approaches, as well as how knowledge of previous systems can offer alternatives when policy directions seem unclear.

Together, the essays argue that it is only by knowing where we have been that we can begin to understand health services today or speculate on policies for tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813538389
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Series: Rutgers Series in Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   David Mechanic     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Rosemary A. Stevens     1
Actors and Interpretations
Anticipated Consequences: Historians, History, and Health Policy   Charles E. Rosenberg     13
The More Things Stay the Same the More They Change: The Odd Interplay between Government and Ideology in the Recent Political History of the U.S. Health-Care System   Lawrence D. Brown     32
Medical Specialization as American Health Policy: Interweaving Public and Private Roles   Rosemary A. Stevens     49
Rhetoric, Rights, Responsibilities
Patients or Health-Care Consumers? Why the History of Contested Terms Matters   Nancy Tomes     83
The Democratization of Privacy: Public-Health Surveillance and Changing Conceptions of Privacy in Twentieth-Century America   Amy L. Fairchild     111
Building a Toxic Environment: Historical Controversies over the Past and Future of Public Health   Gerald Markowitz   David Rosner     130
Priorities and Politics
Situating Health Risks: An Opportunity for Disease-Prevention Policy   Robert A. Aronowitz     153
The Jewel in the Federal Crown? History, Politics, and the National Institutes of Health   Robert Cook-Deegan   Michael McGeary     176
AMarriage of Convenience: The Persistent and Changing Relationship between Long-Term Care and Medicaid   Colleen M. Grogan     202
Policy Management and Results
Rhetoric, Realities, and the Plight of the Mentally Ill in America   David Mechanic   Gerald N. Grob     229
Emergency Rooms: The Reluctant Safety Net   Beatrix Hoffman     250
Policy Implications of Hospital System Failures: The Allegheny Bankruptcy   Lawton R. Burns   Alexandra P. Burns     273
The Rise and Decline of the HMO: A Chapter in U.S. Health-Policy History   Bradford H. Gray     309
Contributors     341
Index     345

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