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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, ...

The Long Struggle for Universal Health Care (1900s–Present)
The long struggle for universal health care (1900s–Present)
JonathanOberlander

The United States remains an international outlier, the only rich democratic country in the world with a large population lacking health insurance. Nearly one hundred years after the first proposal for national health insurance appeared in the United States, Americans are still debating the merits of health care reform, the perils of “socialized medicine,” and the tensions between individual liberty and government aid. Why has universal health insurance proven so difficult to achieve in the United States? How did efforts to expand insurance coverage shape the development of the U.S. medical care system? Finally, after a century dominated by failure, how did reformers manage to secure passage of the 2010 ...

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