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United States Health Care Policymaking

â Health care is a very important component of the American economy. The United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put the 2008 direct health care expenditures at about $2.34 trillion, or about 16.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP), or an average of $7,681 spent for every man, woman, and child in the country. Health care cost increases have caused very serious problems that threaten to bankrupt the system, providers, employers, and the families that pay the costs that their health insurance plans do not cover. Additionally, cost increases have reduced access to health care services, adversely affected the quality of care, and resulted in avoidable illnesses, premature deaths, and in health disparities based on race, ethnicity, and income. Consequently, health care reform has continuously been on the public and governmental agendas. It is out of this environment that several reform plans, including the 1993 Health Security Act, and the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), were launched. This book examines the ideological, social, cultural, economic, and several other factors that dictate the various measures and approaches employed to tackle the perceived problems. The book has an index, tables, charts and figures, lists of major terms, and review questions for each chapter. This book will appeal to students in Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), health certificate programs, and junior and senior level undergraduate students in political science, public administration, public health, and public policy. In addition to serving as a core text for health policy and administration classes, the book will serve as a supplementary text for graduate level courses.
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â â 1.Systemic Problems, Definitional and Ideological Issues.-2.The Evolution of the U.S. Health Care System.-3.Constitutional, Political and Legal Influences.-4.Economic and Provider Influences.-5.Technological Influences.-6.Physical, Social and Cultural, and Global Influences.-7.Demographic Influences.-8.Safety Net Programs - Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP (CHIP).-9.Health Care Reform in the United States.-10.Conclusionâ .

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From the reviews:"This book is unique in the way it presents health policy in the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). ... The intended audience is healthcare professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, policy students, and others interested in health policy. ... There are many health policy books on the market. This one is unique because it is easy to read and understand and it addresses the controversies that are setting the stage for the next round of healthcare policy debates." (Carole Ann Kenner, Doody's Review Service, June, 2012)

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