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Health Care USA: Understanding Its Organization and Delivery [Hardcover]

Harry A. Sultz , Kristina M. Young
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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March 15, 1999 083421167X 978-0834211674 2 Sub
State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Offers an overview of the health care industry and its current issues. Describes the changing roles of the components of the system and the forces responsible for the changes. Previous edition: c1997. For students and new professionals to the health care field.

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Harry A. Sultz, DDS, MPH. is Professor Emeritus of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Dean Emeritus of its School of Health Related Professions. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. He has also served as Adjunct Professor, Health Systems Management, School of Management and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine. An epidemiologist, health care services planner, and researcher, he established and, for 26 years, directed the Health Services Research Program of Buffalo’s School of Medicine. His extensive research experience serves as background for the various editions of this book and for the courses that he teaches about health care and health policy.

Kristina M. Young, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the State University at Buffalo. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the University’s School of Law. She teaches graduate level courses in the organization of health care and in health policy. She is also president of Kristina M. Young and Associates, Inc., a management consultation and training group specializing in health care and human services organizations. Previously, she served as president of a corporate training and development organization; as executive vice president of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing the joint interests of a major teaching hospital and a health maintenance organization; and as the vice president for research and development for a teaching hospital system and executive director of its health education and research foundation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 439 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Pub; 2 Sub edition (March 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083421167X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834211674
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory text for undergrads March 29, 2000
By A Customer
I used this book as a textbook for a junior-level undergrad course I taught entitled Health Systems Administration. It provides an excellent overview to our U.S. health care system and covers basic material such as how medical education, ambulatory care and health care personnel needs currently are addressed and likely changes in the future. I anticipate using this text again when I teach the course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Health Care USA 6th edition March 16, 2011
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My class required the 7th edition. I found that purchasing the 6th edition (at a much lower price) worked for my class. It first I was skeptical having the earlier version, so I emailed the publisher, asked and received the 7th edition updates for free. Works for me!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One of the most informative,comprehensive and up to the minute books on healthcare organization and delivery, should be required for every congressman and senator dealing with the current issues of healthcare. and anyone who is learning or who has any interest at all in current healthcare issues.

Esteemed and Distinguished Authors: Harry A. Sultz DDS,MPH Professor and Emeritus of Social and Preventive Medicine at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scineces, as well as Dean Emeritus of Health Related Professions, and Kristina M. Young, MS, instructor at the University at Buffalo, graduate instructor at the School of Public Health and Health Professions, State University of New York. graduate instructor at Canisius College of Buffalo in the Department of Health and Human Services. and executive director of the Western New Your Public Health Alliance, Inc.

Mr. Sultz has been an expert consultant to several governmental agencies for many years and can be considered as one of the most qualified spokesman for healthcare issues in the entire United States. His impressinve and extensive research background merits him a distinguished place as one of the true chiefs in his field.

a very precise and complete descriptive history of U.S. healthcare,from its beginning, into the present, and dealving wholeheartedly into the future of healthcare in America. Captures the very heartbeat of the U.S. healthcare system. Truly a five star, thumbs up, must read book for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Healthcare in America October 29, 2013
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I liked the book and am planning to purchase updated version. It was informative. I like the author. Easy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good April 30, 2013
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This book is a little older than I thought, but it served its purpose. The information that I need was there
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Health Care USA October 7, 2011
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My book, Health Care USA,arrived before time and I was able to begin to read it before my class started. It talks about how the Health Care System really is in American.
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written February 16, 2005
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This book is hard to read. I would rather have a book that is not filled with extra large words, nominalizations and third person perspective. Here is an example:

Policy makers and care managers assert that physicians' expressed concern over quality is a way to resist scrutiny and accountability without regard for economic efficiency.

And another:

In spite of its impressive accomplishments, the American health care system exhibits inexplicable contradictions in objectives, unwarranted variations in performance, effectiveness, and efficiency, and long-standing difficulties in its relationships with the public and with governments.

Can you imagine paying $64.95 for this book if you were a student and had to buy it? Why must academics write this way!?!?!

Thank goodness I only paid $10 for the used version.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Raven
This is the hardest to read textbook I have ever owned. Textbook authors need to understand that they are writing for students, not their peers. I want the basics. I want to be able to read it in my own language and not have to continually look up words that the majority of people never use. I have other things to do with my time besides trying to decipher what the authors are trying to say. It's as if it's written in code and you have to figure out what it means. It's like learning a different language. They could have put the important stuff in a book about 50 pages long and left out 400 pages of filler.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need a Book For Class?
I needed this book for a class asap. The package came in just in time and served its purpose. Thanks
Published on January 5, 2012 by Aida
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service!
The text was received in excellent condition and in a timely manner. The price was very reasonable. I received the book well in advance of the start of my online course. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Susan J. White
3.0 out of 5 stars Health Care USA
Book was in good condition, received very quickly although it was the wrong edition that I needed but I made it work.
Published on November 29, 2010 by floridabeacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was in good condition and provided a lot of information for understanding our healthcare system
Published on August 22, 2010 by msjec
5.0 out of 5 stars As Described
Bought used version of this book because it was much cheaper. Item received VERy quickly and as described. Only visible wear was the cover was slightly bent. Absolutely worth it! Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Health Care, USA; Understanding its Organization and Delivery
Unable to select stars: ***** Various breakdowns of types of services in our current economic dilmma. Read more
Published on April 2, 2010 by Sharron Easinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelleng shipping time. Received in two days.
I received this book in excellent time from shipping. It was shipped out promptly so that I could receive it promptly. I received it just in time for my class.
Published on November 30, 2009 by Constance Jarrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book arrived in great condition and quickly! I learned a lot from this book, even though I had to have it for a college course. Read more
Published on November 18, 2009 by Doris Lagos
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