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Health Care Politics and Policy in America

ISBN-10: 0765614790
ISBN-13: 9780765614797
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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Description: Fully updated for this third edition, Patel and Rushefsky's Health Care Politics and Policy in America combines background and context for the evolution of U.S. health care policy with analysis of recent trends, current issues, and the looming  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Fully updated for this third edition, Patel and Rushefsky's Health Care Politics and Policy in America combines background and context for the evolution of U.S. health care policy with analysis of recent trends, current issues, and the looming crisis of health care cost management. The book: Introduces public policy students to the complex array of health care issues, and health care professionals to the study of public policy; Provides comprehensive coverage of policy issues related to health care at the federal, state, and provider/patient levels, from Medicare and Medicaid funding, prescription drug coverage and managed care, to medical liability law and ongoing debates over the beginning of life and end-of-life decisions; Successfully integrates political, ethical, economic, legal, technological, and medical factors in an issue-focused survey of U.S. health care policy; Includes a chronology of health care policy-related events and legislation from 1798 through 2005, and an appendix comparing medical malpractice tort laws state-by-state. Book jacket.

List of Tables, and Figures
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Chronology of Significant Events and Legislation in U.S. Health Care
Health Care Politics
The Health Policy Environment
Key Health Policy Actors
Conclusion
Health Care Policy in the United States
Health Care in the Nineteenth Century
The Transformation of American Medicine: 1900-1935
The Role of the Federal Government
Expansion of Health Facilities and Services: 1930-1960
Increasing Access to Health Care: The 1960s
Efforts at Health Care Cost Containment: The 1970s to the 1980s
The Reagan Administration
George H.W. Bush Administration
The Clinton Administration and Health Care Reforms
George W. Bush Administration
Presidential Election of 2004
The Role of State and Local Governments in Health Care
Conclusion
Plan of the Book
Medicaid: Health Care for the Poor
Program Objective and Structure
Medicaid: Eligibility and Coverage, Services, and Benefits
Major Trends in the Medicaid Program
The Medicaid Program during the Reagan and Bush Years: 1980-1992
Further Devolution of the Medicaid Program during the Clinton Administration: 1992-1998
The Medicaid Program and the State Governments: Innovations and Experimentation, from the 1980s to the 1990s
Medicaid Managed Care in the 1990s
State Governments, Medicaid, and Children's Insurance Program
Medicaid: Middle-Class Entitlement?
Current Fiscal Crisis of Medicaid
Medicaid Reform
Conclusion
Medicare: Health Care for the Elderly and Disabled
The Origins of Medicare
Program Objectives and Structure
Financing Medicare
Supplementing Medicare
Medicare, Balanced Budgets, and Managed Care
The Disaster of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act
Controlling Costs
The Problem of Long-Term Care
Prescriptions and Change
What Is in the Law
Tenuous Future of Medicare
Conclusion
Health Care and the Disadvantaged: Falling through the Cracks
Equality and Equity
Uninsured and Underinsured
Profiling the Uninsured
Consequences of Uninsurance or Underinsurance
Insurance and the Idea of Community
A Closer Look: The Poor, Minorities, and Women
Solutions to the Problem of Uninsurance and Underinsurance
Conclusion
Health Care Cost Containment
Theoretical Framework: Government Regulation and Market Competition
The Role of the Federal Government in Cost Containment
State Governments and Cost Containment
The Private Sector and Cost Containment
A Strategy for Controlling Costs
Conclusion
Medical Malpractice and Medical Liability
Medical Errors, Medical Injury, and Patient Safety
The Origins of Medical Malpractice
Development of the Common Law in England
Medical Malpractice and Liability in the United States
The Current Tort System
Criticisms of the Current Tort System
Reforms and Alternatives
Medical Liability: Federal Government Policy and Reforms
Medical Liability Reforms at the State Level
Effectiveness of Tort Reforms
Medical Liability, Managed Care, Enterprise Liability, and ERISA
Federal Patients' Bill of Rights
Conclusion
Health Care Technology
The Growth and Diffusion of Medical Technology
Factors Responsible for the Growth of Medical Technologies
Health Care Technology and Costs
Medical Technology Assessment
Current Status of Health Care Technology Assessment
Managed Care and Health Care Technology
Medical Technologies: Law, Politics, Religion, and Ethics to-Die
Public Opinion and the Right to Die
The Legacy of Terri Schiavo
The Right-to-Die Movement
Oregon's Death with Dignity Act
Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney
Health Care Rationing
Conclusion: Medical Technology, Ethics, and Public Policy
Reforming the System
Systemic Problems
The Economic Critique
Moving toward Reform
Health Care Reform on the Front Burner
The States and Comprehensive Health Care Reform
Conclusion
The Triumph of Incrementalism: From Managed Care to Consumer-Driven Health Care
Retrenchment
Covering Children
Managed Care
Managed Care Backlash
The Public-Sector Response to Managed Care
Back to the Market
Consumer-Driven Health Care
Conclusion
Conclusion: Health Care Policy at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Concluding Thoughts
Appendix: State Medical Liability Laws
Index

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