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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 Governance of Population Health: Reflections on the Analytical Approaches of Contributors to the Guide
The governance of population health: Reflections on the analytical approaches of contributors to the guide
Daniel M.Fox

Ihope to help readers use this book by sharing how it contributes to understanding the governance of health affairs in the United States during the last century. I begin by defining governance and population health. Then I summarize different approaches to examining the governance and scope of American health policy among the contributors of the preceding chapters. I conclude by suggesting how readers can use and supplement what they read in this book.

I call one analytical approach used by authors “structural/functionalist,” another “historical” and a third “cataloguing.” Structural/functionalists examine data about politics and policies primarily ...

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