Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1449626501
ISBN-10: 1449626505
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  • Paperback: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 5 edition (August 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449626505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449626501
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Apprentice Iron Chef on February 10, 2012
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I hope to give a somewhat objective review of this book, having actually read it. When writing this there was only one review of this book that gives a more-than-a-little skewed overview(and the author obviously only skimmed through the table of contents rather than reading its content). In this review I will briefly discuss the books content and hopefully guide some potential purchasers to know whether this is the book they are looking for.

Its primary purpose is to provide an overview of the United States health care system. Additionally, it brings out some of the policy issues that the system is facing and as some of the history that led the system to where it is today.

Overall, I would say it succeeds at its first objective. While it doesn't get into all the specifics of the industry, it at least explains the major aspects of most of the health care system's components. If you want the nuances of a particular issue, you'll have to go to a different book or head to the academic literature. If you just want a basic idea of how the US health system functions, then this gives a decent overview.

The book struggles a bit more with the policy and history aspect. Anybody that has spent much time working in health policy knows that the historical events, the policy decisions and the unplanned results of legislation are so convoluted that it is impossible to cover them all in one book, let alone in just a few sections in one book. That said, if you, are starting from square one in regards to health policy and health care history, this does give you a very brief introduction, though the policy discussions are not as well-covered as the overview of the system as a whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alisha on February 6, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised how well this book was laid out. It was easy to read and organized in a clear manner, that is hard to find in a lot of health care books. The only downside is that it is slightly out of date now, but only by a year. I also purchased this used and it looked brand new!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cath on December 18, 2013
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That was very unpleasant to have received a false copy of that book. At first i notice that the pages were different from my classmates book, but I said to myself maybe it was because it was a used book. Than three weeks after I started using that book, pages begun to fall apart. The worse part was that at the end of the semester when I was doing a take home exam that to my surprise NINE (9) pages were missing from that book. How can someone ripped another innocent person like that. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS SELLER. VERY DISHONEST.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on September 8, 2013
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This book is a very nice overview for anyone who has little previous knowledge as to how the medical arena works. There are nuggets of information or great reminders through out the book for those who have worked in the medical world for some time. Overall this was a good buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on November 1, 2013
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It is a text book, so its not the greatest light reading. The bias in insane! I totally align with the bias, so I do not mind, but some people have found it less agreeable.
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Comprehensive and detailed. Obviously (as shown by the cover), the book is written from the perspective that the US goverment should control healthcare. Because of this, I would never have bought the book if it were not required by a class.
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By jeeves on April 2, 2013
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got this for a class on the US health care system. very well presented book on the topic that gives a good background on the way the system is set up and it's strengths and weaknesses
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For someone with little previous knowledge about healthcare, I found this book extremely useful in giving me a comprehensive introduction to the topic.
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