Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy


Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy provides the analytical connections showing students how issues and actions are translated into public policies and institutions for resolving or managing health care issues and crises, such as the recent attempt to reform the national health care system. The Guide highlights the decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of government, business, and an informed citizenry in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to advancing the nation’s health care policies. Through 30 topical, operational, and relational essays, the book addresses the development of the U.S. health care 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 health care needs with the rising costs of medical research, cost-effective treatment, and adequate health insurance.

Key Features:

  • The 30 topical essays investigate the fundamental political, social, economic, and procedural initiatives that drive health and health care policy decisions affecting Americans at the local, regional, and national levels
  • Essential themes traced throughout the chapters include providing access to health care, national and international intervention, nutrition and health, human and financial resource allocation, freedom of religion versus public policy, discrimination and health care policy, universal health care coverage, private health care versus publicly funded health care, and the immediate and long-term costs associated with disease prevention, treatment, and health maintenance
  • A Glossary of Key Health Care Policy Terms and Events, a selected Master Bibliography, and a thorough Index are included.
This must-have reference for political science and public policy students who seek to understand the issues affecting health care policy in the U.S. is suitable for academic, public, high school, government, and professional libraries.
  • SAGE Publications; September 2014
  • ISBN: 9781483346564
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy
  • Author: Thomas R. Oliver (ed.)
  • Imprint: CQ Press

In The Press

"The title precisely describes the content of this excellent compendium edited by Oliver (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), an expert in the field of population health....This is a first for a reference publication treating the subject in such comprehensive detail, and it is suitable for all libraries and readers who desire a well-rounded treatment of US health policy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers."