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Comparative Health Policy

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ISBN-10: 0230001408

ISBN-13: 9780230001404

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Robert H. Blank, Viola Burau

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This comparative text, aimed at both students and practitioners, assesses, in relation to a set of key themes and issues, the extent to which problems facing healthcare systems have common causes or spring from specific national circumstances.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Boxes, Figures and Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
List of Abbreviations
Comparative Health Policy: An Introduction
Health care as public policy
Comparative health policy
Classifications of health care systems
Countries selected for study
Types of health care
Growing problems in health policy
The Context of Health Care
Institutionalist explanations: contrasting political systems
Cultural explanations: cultural/historical factors shaping health care
Functionalist explanations: population, wealth and economics
The context of health care
Funding, Provision and Governance
Comparing funding of health systems
Control of funding and pressures for reform
Health services and patient choice
Welfare mixes in the provision of health care
Models of contracting health services
Health governance between centre and locality
The authority of governments in health policy
Setting Priorities and Allocating Resources
The goals of health policy
The government and the marketplace
Allocation and rationing: the need to set priorities
Rationing and the individual
Efforts to control new technologies
Trends in priority setting
The Medical Profession
Who doctors are
Types and settings of medical practice
Reforming medical practice
Paying for medical care
The organization of doctors' interests and access to the policy process
Doctors, the state and health policy
Beyond the Hospital: Health Care in the Home
Home care statistics
Providing home health care
Funding home health care
The interface between formal and informal care
Policy trends and developments
Public Health
The individual and public health
Framing a public health policy
Public health responsibility and funding
Health promotion
Homelessness and inadequate housing
Environmental health
Public health: putting the medical model in perspective
Understanding Health Policy Comparatively
Health systems and explaining health policies
Possibilities and limitations for cross-national learning
Contribution to the comparative study of health policy
Guide to Further Reading
Guide to Websites