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Thomas C. Ricketts

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 15: Building an Effective and Sustainable Health Care Workforce (1960s–Present)

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Building an Effective and Sustainable Health Care Workforce (1960s–Present)
Building an effective and sustainable health care workforce (1960s–present)
Thomas C.Ricketts

Health care is primarily a function of people, professionals, and supporting occupations providing care and support to patients. The workforce component of health care is simultaneously its identifying feature as well as a separate component of policymaking that affects the health of the population. We can separate a workforce sector from, say, financing, organization, or research, but all parts of health care delivery, preventive services, policymaking, and research require a trained and willing set of people to make the system work. Who are these people, how are they trained and classified, how are they paid, and how are they distributed according to the needs of the population? ...

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