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Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

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The contentious passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 highlighted the incredible complexity and controversy surrounding health care in the United States. While the U.S. federal government does not provide universal health care, it has an extremely wide reach when it comes to the health of its citizenry. From important scientific and medical research funding to infectious disease control and health services for veterans and the elderly, the pathway to legislation and execution of health policies is filled with competing interests and highly varied solutions.

The Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy provides the analytical connections showing researchers how issues and actions are translated into public policies and institutions for resolving or managing healthcare issues and crises. The Guide highlights the decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of federal and state governments, business, and an informed citizenry in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to advancing the nation's healthcare policies.

Through 30 topical chapters, the book addresses the development of the U.S. healthcare system and policies, the federal agencies and public and private organizations that frame and administer those policies, and the challenges of balancing the nation's healthcare needs with the rising costs of medical research, cost-effective treatment, and adequate health insurance. Additionally, the book comprehensively addresses significant disparities that exist in the U.S. system and the challenges to public health posed by our increasingly connected world.

Taking a comprehensive approach, the Guide traces policy initiatives across time and takes into account the most recent scholarship:

Part One: Evolution of American Health Care Policy

Looks at the emerging and expanding role of government in the health care sector and the position the U.S. occupies today as the only advanced industrial nation without universal health care.

Part Two: Government Organizations that Develop, Fund, and Administer Health Policy (1789-Today)

Examines the role each branch of government plays in the forming, executing, and regulating health care policies. The authors examine the origins, organization, budget, and function of major government organizations including the FDA, CDC, and VA. An exploration of legal oversight and the roles states play in the health sector round out this section.

Part Three: Contemporary Health Policy Issues: Goals and Initiatives (1920s-Today)

Explores the wide range of players in the health care sphere and the role the government plays, particularly in funding them. Special attention is paid to policy issues surrounding medical research and medical professions. This section also looks at the ethical issues in play when making health policy and the inequalities that have plagued the U.S. health care system.

Part Four: Contemporary Health Policy Issues: People and Policies (1960s-Today)

This part of the book looks in-depth at health disparities in the U.S., health challenges particular to specific groups, mental health, obesity, and the influence of interest groups.

Part Five: U.S. Response to Global Health Challenges (1980s-Today)

The last section of the book looks beyond the borders of the United States and the serious challenges posed by our increasingly connected world.


Contents:

List of Illustrations
About the Editor
Contributors
INTRODUCTION: BEYOND THE STABLE STATE-NEW CHALLENGES AND DIRECTIONS FOR U.S. HEALTH POLICY - Thomas R. Oliver
PART I. EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE POLICY (BEGINNINGS TO TODAY) - Thomas R. Oliver
1. Origins and Development of Government's Role in Health Policy (Colonial Era to Present) - Kant Patel
2. The Long Struggle for Universal Health Care (1900s-Present) - Jonathan Oberlander
PART II. GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEVELOP, FUND, AND ADMINISTER HEALTH POLICY (1789-TODAY)
3. The Department of Health and Human Services: Responsibilities and Policies (1953-Present) - Beryl A. Radin
4. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Anticipatory Action in the Face of Uncertainty (1946-Present) - Rob A. DeLeo
5. The Food and Drug Administration (1962-Present) - Mary K. Olson
6. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (1965-Present) - Thomas R. Oliver
7. The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs: Responsibilities and Policies (1947-Present) - Christopher E. Johnson and Ann M. Nguyen
8. The United States Supreme Court and the Department of Justice (1789-Present) - Darrell J. Kozlowski
9. Budgeting and Health Care Policy (1970s-Present) - Roy T. Meyers
10. Federalism: Cooperation and Conflict Between State and Federal Health Care Responsibilities (1960s-Present) - Carol S. Weissert and Jaclyn Bunch
PART III. CONTEMPORARY HEALTH POLICY ISSUES: GOALS AND INITIATIVES (1920s-TODAY)
11. Evolution of Health Planning (1920s-1970s) - Evan M. Melhado
12. Evolution of Health Planning (1970s-Present) - Evan M. Melhado
13. Government Financing of Health Care (1940s-Present) - Donald H. Taylor
14. Biomedical Research Policy and Innovation (1940s-Present) - Michael McGeary and Robert Cook-Deegan
15. Building an Effective and Sustainable Health Care Workforce (1960s-Present) - Thomas C. Ricketts
16. Promoting Health Care Quality and Safety (1960s-Present) - Michael K. Gusmano
17. Strategies for Health Care Cost Containment (1980s-Present) - B. Rick Mayes
18. Heath and Health Care Policy: Ethical Perspectives (1970s-Present) - Andrew Flescher
PART IV. CONTEMPORARY HEALTH POLICY ISSUES: PEOPLE AND POLICIES (1960s-TODAY)
19. Children's Health and Health Care Policy (1960s-Present) - Samira Soleimanpour and Claire D. Brindis
20. Women's Issues and American Health Care Policy (1960s-Present) - Deborah R. McFarlane and Rongal D. Nikora
21. Minorities, Immigrants, and Health Care Policy: Disparities and Solutions (1960s-Present) - David Barton Smith
22. Aging and Health Care Policy (1990s-Present) - Pamela Nadash and Edward Alan Miller
23. Fifty Years of Progress in Disease and Injury Prevention (1950s-Present) - Cari Cuffney and Patrick Remington
24. Mental Health and Social Policy (1960s-Present) - David A. Rochefort
25. Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Epidemic: Issues, Policies, and Solutions (1960s-Present) - Thomas D. Fahey and Michael W. Fahey
26. Interest Groups, Think Tanks, and Health Care Policy (1960s-Present) - Susan Giaimo
PART V. U.S. RESPONSE TO GLOBAL HEALTH CHALLENGES (1980s-TODAY)
27. Conintuing Challenges of Infectious Disease (1980s-Present) - Kenrad E. Nelson
28. Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism, Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Other Public Health Threats (2000s-Present) - Lance Gable
29. Twenty-first Century Challenges to Health and Heath Care: Noncommunicable Diseases, Environmental Threats, and Human Rights (2000s-Present) - Diana M. Bowman, Andrew S. Jessmore, and Scott L. Greer
30. The Governance of Population Health: Reflections on the Analytical Approaches of Contributors to the Guide - Daniel M. Fox
Appendix A: Selected Federal Health and Health Care Agencies and Offices
Appendix B: Bibliography
Index


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ISBN-13: 9781452270739
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: November, 2014
Pages: 504
Weight: 1630g
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Subcategories: General Practice

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