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Understanding Health Policy, Fifth Edition (LANGE Clinical Medicine) [Paperback]

Thomas Bodenheimer , Kevin Grumbach
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August 18, 2008 0071496068 978-0071496063 5

An engaging and clinically applicable work on the principles and structure of the U.S. healthcare system

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

"Eminently readable...Anyone wanting to gain insight into the forces that shaping health policy and the future of health care will appreciate this book."--Critical Care Nurse Magazine

Understanding Health Policy is the best-written, most informative book available on the subject--and it's the #1 choice for healthcare students and professionals alike. The authors carefully weave key principles, descriptions, and concrete examples into chapters that make important health policy issues both interesting and understandable.

Fully updated to reflect current issues in the ever-changing world of healthcare, the newest edition addresses all the topics that affect you most, from the structure and organization of the industry to issues regarding government and private insurance, to access to healthcare.

Everything you need to understand how the healthcare system works - and your role in it:

  • Clinical vignettes in every chapter illustrate key points
  • Detailed treatment of both U.S. and international issues
  • A complete chapter of review questions
  • NEW Expanded coverage of healthcare workers other than physicians
  • NEW Closer scrutiny of the pharmaceutical industry
  • NEW Brand-new chapter on the medical education system

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Key Benefit: This concise well-written book is recognized nationwide as the leading text to understanding how the U.S. health care system works. With the current trend towards managed care, this book provides vital information to health care professionals. Key Topics: Numerous case examples illustrate fundamental topics such as cost containment, health insurance, primary care, and physician and hospital payment. In addition, this book does a superior job linking policy issues to the practice of medicine. The second edition features a brand new chapter on payment in managed care. Market: Physicians (especially primary care physicians), public health professionals, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Thomas S. Bodenheimer, MD, is Adjunct Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Kevin Grumbach, MD, is Professor and Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.


Product Details

  • Series: LANGE Clinical Medicine
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 5 edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071496068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071496063
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to find a better overview for students November 13, 2001
Format:Paperback
I used this book in undergraduate health policy programs and in one health care administration graduate elective. The majority of students found it to be a useful introduction to the difficult area of health policy. By incorporating pertinent examples and graphs students found the text more understandable and useful than say other required readings like Paul Starr's classic. Whatever their level of understanding coming into class, students were able to glean valuable information and insight.
My reservation is similar to many books, e.g., by the time of publication much has changed. However, there is relevant material and with supplements this will remain a valuable resource.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Health Policy January 9, 2007
By bhean
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This book is a great basic review of how health care is delivered. The format and information is most useful for people who are going into medicine. There isn't really anything about the politics behind health care policy; instead the book focuses on defining key terms and outlining the structure of relationships between payers, receivers, and providers. The book also covers the differences between different types of insurance policies, as well as different national health plans of countries with more socialized medicine.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Know Knowledge For MD's To Be July 14, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was a requirment for my medical school curriculum. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I've never read any other books on health policy, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was an excellent books. It is very well written, very easy to understand and extremely informative. I believe anyone interested in health care, medicine, etc. should obtain the knowledge in this book and what better source than "Understanding Health Policy".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding overview of healthcare system in USA July 5, 2007
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This is probably the best single text I have read on healthcare policy issues in the USA. The books addresses every relevant aspect of our system. Unlike other excellent books, such as Dr. Arnold Relman's book, A Second Opinion, which analyzes the system, then makes recommendations on how to reform it, the authors here mainly explicate. The format of the book includes brief, usually fictitious, vignettes about physicians, patients or administrators that illustrate the points the authors present. That format - combined with the simply-presented, clear narrative and analysis - works very well. I also find the references to be excellent. Aside from Dr. Relman's book, I recommend any of the books by Prof. Victor Fuchs, in particular Who Shall Live?, books by Prof. Theodore Marmor and the classic by Prof. Paul Starr, The Social Transformation of American Medicine. There are many other excellent books and articles by a wide range of insightful analysts. These kinds of books are invaluable for understanding the issues in healthcare. So much of the information that filters through to the average person via news reports, propaganda issued by parties with vested interests to protect and superficial proposals from polticians is inaccurate and misleading, usually grossly so. Reading a book such as this goes a very long way towards cutting through that clutter regardless of one's personal experiences and prejudices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text June 28, 2009
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I teach healthcare policy and am currently using this text. It does a great job covering the important issues. It's quite readable, as a new edition very topical and, through the use of vignettes, humanizes the consequences of policy decisions. It also has questions keyed to each chapter for assignment use. It is not an academic text and I am supplementing with articles (many of which can be found in the excellent references section following the chapters) as well as articles from news sources. Recommend highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read July 15, 2007
Format:Paperback
I got this book for a graduate class that I am taking. This book uses clear language when presenting the material and has many mini "case studies" for examples, which makes it easy to read. Though I am required to read this book, it is not the standard, wall-of-text, that I am use to reading.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too focused on clinicians September 27, 2005
Format:Paperback
I needed a book to use for a class I am teaching. This book, while excellent was focused on the clinicians' point of view, somewhat to the exclusion of other angles.

If I were teaching doctors and nurses, I would DEFINITELY use this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Health Policy July 19, 2006
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This book is very well written. Though it crams a lot of information into a small number of pages, it is easy to understand. It is excellent at covering all angles of a topic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I had to use this book for my class, and I enjoyed reading it. It is easy to comprehend and it gives you an overall view of health care.
Published 1 month ago by Jas
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
good and interisting, I use them very good.I will contnue to buy many many thing from amazon. For last a couple years, I had bounght a lot of stuff from there, I fill very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wenjin Li
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on health policy
I refer to it all of the time. Probably the best introduction to U.S. health policy there is. I have the 5th edition, but you should get the 6th edition as it has updates from the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read textbook.
I loved having the electronic version for class. It was easy to read and much less expensive than buying the print version.
Published 8 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a used book only in 5 bucks
I am considering being a med student anyway and someone told me this is a good book for the interview, though I havent read yet.
Published 15 months ago by Alwayalway
1.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Health Policy
Hated this book. Needed it for a class, boring book to me but maybe someone else can enjoy it. Would not have bought this unless I had to
Published 16 months ago by Ann-Marie FitzPatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
needed the book for class. have only read about half of it. it is an easy read and is very informational. straight to the point. will be keeping it for references in the future
Published 24 months ago by mookshake
5.0 out of 5 stars The best healthcare book!
I m new to the healthcare insurance industry and I was looking for a book which would explain the complexities of the health care system from the basics. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by HealthcareAnalyst
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good book for a more basic overview of the healthcare system. This was required for one of my classes at medical school and has been great for that.
Published on October 31, 2011 by Ms K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
This book came in great condition as was described on the description of the Amazon page. The book also arrived when expected.
Published on September 9, 2011 by Aaron De Leon
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