- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Facts on File; First Edition edition (January 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816032106
- ISBN-13: 978-0816032105
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,896,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Healthspeak: A Complete Dictionary of America's Health Care System Hardcover – January, 1996
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The evolving state of the health-care system in the U.S. has brought about significant changes, not only in the delivery of services, but also in the language of the system. Other dictionaries of health care terminology have been part of legislative committee reports or are directed toward professionals in health care management, attorneys, and insurance companies. This dictionary is intended for the layperson who is trying to understand the jargon of this field.
The 2,000 nonclinical terms defined here encompass the vocabulary of health care providers, insurance companies, government and professional agencies, law, economics, and the pharmaceutical and managed-care industries. Most terms are briefly defined, but several hundred have essay-length entries (e.g., AIDS, Medicare). See also references are provided where appropriate to expand on the primary definition. For example, no less than 72 references from managed care direct the reader to such entries as federally qualified HMO, and fee for service. Charts and graphs are used to illustrate some entries.
The dictionary is well indexed, although the print is very small. The introduction states that a 140-word "Key Concepts" list can be found at the end of the book "for an alphabetical tour through the basic facts of the American health care system," but it does not appear in the book.
The dictionary most certainly fills a need, particularly in public libraries or patient libraries in hospitals. Academic and professional libraries may already own titles such as Hyde's McGraw-Hill Essential Dictionary of Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1988), Slee's Health Care Terms (Tringa, 1991), or Timmerick's Dictionary of Health Services Management (National Health Publications, 1987). These sources, while broader in scope than HealthSpeak, are several years older. None include definitions of health care rationing or the Oregon health care plans. In addition, all these titles are aimed at a professional audience. Admittedly, given the rapid rate of change in health care provision, HealthSpeak will soon be outdated, but in the meantime it is a fine supplement to older titles.
About the Author
The author holds an MPH degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
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