The Health Care Policy Process

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Carol Barker

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  • Part I: What are Health Policies and How are They Made?

    Part II: Studying Health Care Policies

    Part III: Analysing Health Care Policies

    Part IV: Key Issues in Health Policy

    Part V: Can the Study of Health Policy Improve the Process?

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    Dedication

    To Shubi, Kiza and my mother

    List of Figures

    • Figure 2.1 Health expenditures as a percentage of GDP, 1990 11
    • Figure 3.1 A systems diagram of the policy-making process 24
    • Figure 3.2 Stages in the policy-making process 28
    • Figure 4.1 Classification of policy studies 36
    • Figure 12.1 Aid flows as a percentage of total health expenditure, 1990 142
    • Figure 13.1 Proportion of public to private expenditure on health care, selected regions and countries 152

    List of Boxes

    List of Tables

    • Table 6.1 Application of different approaches to finding out about policies 74
    • Table 9.1 Source of inequality 113
    • Table 12.1 Aid flows to selected countries as a percentage of total health expenditure 142

    Acknowledgements

    I should like to thank the Nuffield Institute for Health at the University of Leeds for allowing study leave for the completion of this writing. Thanks also go to colleagues there for their support in covering for my leave, and for many fruitful discussions over the years. Particular thanks go to David Hunter and to Charles Collins for some useful exchanges. Colin Thunhurst read the whole book in draft, and made invaluable comments. Gill Walt of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also read the whole draft, and led me to improve on it in a number of ways. Shubi Ishemo has provided me with many useful references and ideas, and great support. At early stages in this work, I shared formative discussions with Meredeth Turshen.

    Of course, many insights have been gained from the health care professionals from all over the world who frequent the courses at the Nuffield Institute, along with their colleagues who provide counterparts for work undertaken overseas. All these people have shown me not only what are the important issues facing health care today, but also what are the crucial aspects of the various debates. Thanks to Julie Cliff, a supportive ex-colleague who was kind enough to allow me to summarise material from her article for Box 12.1. Last, thanks to Shubi and Kiza, who provided domestic support beyond that which anyone should hope for, and kept me going.

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