Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care

Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care

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Health care delivery in the United States is an enormously complex enterprise, and its $1.6 trillion annual expenditures involve a host of competing interests. While arguably the nation offers among the most technologically advanced medical care in the world, the American system consistently under performs relative to its resources. Gaps in financing and service delivery pose major barriers to improving health, reducing disparities, achieving universal insurance coverage, enhancing quality, controlling costs, and meeting the needs of patients and families. Bringing together twenty-five of the nationa€™s leading experts in health care policy and public health, this book provides a much-needed perspective on how our health care system evolved, why we face the challenges that we do, and why reform is so difficult to achieve. The essays tackle tough issues including: socioeconomic disadvantage, tobacco, obesity, gun violence, insurance gaps, the rationing of services, the power of special interests, medical errors, and the nursing shortage. Linking the nationa€™s health problems to larger political, cultural, and philosophical contexts, Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care offers a compelling look at where we stand and where we need to be headed.Stakeholders initiated some of these consumer protections, while the template spurred the Psychopharmacology Work ... Executive Office of Health and Human Services gave the MPS a Clinical Excellence Distinguished Service Award for its anbsp;...

Title:Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care
Author:Lynn B. Rogut, James R. Knickman, David Mechanic, David Colby
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2005-04-08


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