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Introduction to U.S. Health Policy
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Introduction to U.S. Health Policy (Hardback)

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Introduction to U.S. Health Policy analyzes the complexity of the American health system and the policy issues that must be confronted to achieve meaningful health reform. Using case studies and simplified presentations of major issues, this text gives the reader an appreciation of the dilemma confronting policy makers, providers, and patients: how to balance cost, quality, and access. It examines specific health care organization aspects such as the medical profession, hospitals, managed care organizations, and government health care programs. It also discusses policy changes that have had major impacts on American health care in the past decade.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & services Publisher: Pearson Education (US) Publication Date: 01/11/2001 ISBN-13: 9780205324194  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Donald A. Barr received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University. His is an associate professor of sociology and human biology at Stanford and is the founder and director of Stanford's undergraduate health policy curriculum. His research focuses on the effect of the organizational structure of the medical care delivery system on the quality of primary care.Dr. Barr has a unique perspective of being both a practicing physician and an academic sociologist. He has experienced first hand the sweeping changes that have occurred in the organizing and financing of health care through 25 years of medical practice in Northern California. As an experienced researcher and writer in the area of health policy, he is able to combine a broad understanding of the social and economic factors affecting health care with an appreciation of the effects of these changes on the quality of care experienced by patients and practitioners alike.Dr. Barr is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, and the American Sociological Association.

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