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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 healthcare issues and crises, such as the recent attempt to reform the national healthcare 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 healthcare policies. Through 30 topical, operational, and relational essays, 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, ...

Introduction: Beyond the Stable State—New Challenges and Directions for U.S. Health Policy
Introduction: Beyond the stable state—New challenges and directions for U.S. health policy

The philosopher and systems analyst Donald Schön argued that individuals, organizations, and societies bent on preserving the status quo were unlikely to prosper over the long run. In his 1971 book Beyond the Stable State, he acknowledged an innate human desire for stability and the certainty it brings. Schön concluded, however, that the pace and pervasiveness of technological change were so disruptive that efforts to maintain, or return to, a stable state were illusory and futile. Far better to proceed on the basis of these assumptions:

  • The loss of the stable state means that our society and all of its institutions are in ...
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