Healthcare Reform in America
|Publication Date: 06/2004|
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|Hardcover|| ||$50.00|| ||978-1-57607-977-5|
A Reference Handbook
Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld and Michael R. Kronenfeld
An authoritative look at the core issues of the healthcare debate in the United States, with a focus on reform of the system.
Almost every developed nation in the world has a coherent national health system—except the United States. In the past, we've come tantalizingly close, often seeming to be less than a decade away, but reform efforts have continually come up short. Why? What are the prospects for meaningful reform in the 21st century?
Healthcare Reform in America: A Reference Handbook reviews the failed attempts at health care reform in the last century, identifying the economic, social, and political forces that pushed for a national system and those that prevented it from happening. Written by two of our most respected and incisive health care critics, the book vividly demonstrates that right now, concerns about quality and cost, plummeting consumer satisfaction, and the need for reform are as great as they have ever been.
Balanced, authoritative, and compelling, the book gives readers the basic tools they need to understand the core problems, access important data, and make informed decisions and valuable contributions toward reforming the system.
• A detailed list of annotated print and web-based resources such as Fedstats, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the National Coalition on Healthcare, providing readers the tools to explore issues in more detail
• Biographies of key figures in healthcare reform including Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Lister Hill
• Dramatic, sometimes alarming, examples of the human impact of our current approach to health care
• Supports its analyses and reform recommendations with extensive statistical data
• Provides annotated lists of print and web-based resources for readers to explore issues in more detail
Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld is professor of sociology at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. She has published over 100 articles in medical sociology, public health, and health care policy. She has authored, coauthored, and edited over 20 books on a wide variety of topics related to health and social policy, professional development, health policy concerns, and research in the sociology of healthcare.
Michael R. Kronenfeld is director of the Educational Resources Center at the A. T. Still University of Health Sciences, Mesa, AZ. He has published over 20 articles, and in 2003 he received the David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship for research on trends and future directions for academic medical libraries.
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