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"This highly readable text gives a broad but detailed picture of how health care is organized and dispensed in the United States. It considers the problems of, and possible solutions for, cost control, long-term care, quality control, ethical issues, and insurance programs. Clinicians are likely to find the text attractive because of its supportive flowcharts and its frequent use of specific, concrete examples."
Annals of Internal Medicine *
"Well documented and highly readable."
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Facilities Newsletter *
"One of the more interesting, readable texts in health policy to appear in recent years."
American Journal of Health System Pharmacy *
"The title doesn't do the book justice. It's not only about health care policy and its implications, it's about the health care system, applied to highly clinically relevant situations . . . it provides an unobstructed view of the complicated health care system."
"Goes a long way toward helping readers understand how the health care system worked in the past, how it is changing, and how it might work under different scenarios in the future."
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law *
The leading text in the field, Understanding Health Policy covers fundamental topics such as cost containment, health insurance, managed care, and physician and hospital payment. The authors bring to life important policy issues by providing extensive case histories that pinpoint individual encounters within the health care system.
* Updated throughout to reflect recent changes in insurance coverage, health care expenditures, and health care organization
* Expanded to include discussion of the defined contribution approach to cost control, medical errors, and new approaches to quality improvement and the uncertain future facing managed care
* Extensive case histories
* Brand new chapter on the Health Care Work Force, including sections on physicians, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and pharmacists and on women and minorities in the health professions
* Includes "Questions and Discussion Topics" for classroom or individual study
*Of earlier edition
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 5 months ago by Jas
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 morePublished 7 months ago by Wenjin Li
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 morePublished 10 months ago by Book Nick
I loved having the electronic version for class. It was easy to read and much less expensive than buying the print version.Published 12 months ago by Chelsea
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 19 months ago by Alwayalway
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 toPublished 21 months ago by Ann-Marie FitzPatrick
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 futurePublished on July 18, 2012 by mookshake
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 morePublished on January 4, 2012 by HealthcareAnalyst
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