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Essentials Of The U.S. Health Care System 3rd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1449683740
ISBN-10: 1449683746
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Dept. of Health Administration, School of Public Health at University of South Carolina

Singh is Associate Professor School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, South Bend, Indiana. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 3 edition (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449683746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449683740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Is the prospective reader interested in a quick survey of the American health care system? Then this book would probably be of value to you. Does one want a detailed exposition of that system? This would not work so well for that purpose.

This volume covers the waterfront.

The first set of chapters provides a good background: characteristics of the healthcare system, general perspectives on health care delivery (including cultural vales and what we mean by health), a history of the system, and so on.

Other central issues are covered chapter by chapter. Examples of the coverage: the role of technology, healthcare finance, managed care, long-term care, cost-access-quality (all three covered in one chapter leaves actual details thinly covered, but it does provide an entree to these linked concerns), health policy, and the future of the healthcare system. Other issues are covered as well.

All in all, a helpful volume if you want a quick overview of the complexity of the healthcare system.
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I had to buy this for a nursing class, otherwise I never would have purchased this book. There is nothing to learn here so, it is not worth the money in my opinion. All this information is readily available from other sources. There has not been one assignment which I have needed this book for.
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I was surprised about this book. I actually enjoy reading it! I usually have NO interest in these type of books. It was required for my job certification. I am learning a lot more than I expected. I think its a great reference book if you don't know a lot about health care.

The book is intriguing about all the topics it covers. It is not a boring book only covering policy and authority structure. The book includes topics of technology, history, types of health care, the population/economy, professionals/ employees, HC system design, and the outlook of HC. It defines each subject and gives the major parts broken down by details. I actually want to take notes.

It also has a small list of abbreviations and an index. Every chapter is referenced at the end. Its about the size of a large paperback fictional book, with the same font size. The book has 379 pages, great binding, a strong (but thin) cover, with nice high quality white paper (Paperback).
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*Unrelated to the textbook: Amazon does not include the new chapter pdf about healthcare reform. This must be purchased from the publisher. I believe it was $14.99*

This textbook was enjoyable to read and informative. A lot of very useful information for anyone interesting in the inner workings of the health care/insurance system.
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By lee on February 19, 2014
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Up to date representation of US health care system. Easy read especially if you're in the Heath care field. Highly recommended
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As I was looking over my assigned readings for class, I noticed that Chapter 6 is cut off and chapter 7 doesn't exist. Pages are all over the place towards the middle of the book.
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Book received clean unadulterated as described tho I haven't had time to log on using the access code. I'm sure I'll use them again.
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This book often seems to talk in circles, going over the same thing several times. Even for a textbook, I didn't enjoy it at all.
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