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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, ...

Federalism: Cooperation and Conflict Between State and Federal Health Care Responsibilities (1960s–Present)
Federalism: Cooperation and conflict between state and federal health care responsibilities (1960s–present)
Carol S.Weissert, and JaclynBunch

Federalism and health policy in the United States are inextricably linked. Until fairly recently, states and localities provided most of the funding supporting health care for the poor and then, as now, directly provided public health services such as immunizations and provision of clean water. However, in 1965, the country enacted Medicare and Medicaid, providing a new federal role for health care coverage for the elderly and the poor. Since that time, federal and state spending in health has increased significantly and even in tough economic times continues to grow, at times squeezing out other state responsibilities like education. ...

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