Experts agree–the U.S. has achieved the most technologically advanced medical care system in the world and it provides the highest quality, most comprehensive medical education available. Can we conclude that our health care system is one of America's success stories? It appears–we cannot. However, amid growing concern over our health care system, there is far less agreement on what to do about it. Jennie Kronenfeld addresses major health care controversies confronting American society, health care professionals, and policymakers. This intriguing book focuses on the overlapping area between policy sciences and health care studies, particularly the cost, access, and quality of health care. Kronenfeld discusses whether our system can solve its problems, or whether we have a health care “system” at all. Do we have a national health care “policy,” or a web of state, county, and city policies? And, what of fundamental changes being adopted in the midst of the controversies surrounding reproductive health and abortion, mental health and behavioral health, disease patterns/physical health/AIDS, aging and long-term care, as well as the professions and facilities who provide care? A provocative examination of these important issues, Controversial Issues in Health Care Policy is essential reading for students of policy studies, health services, and sociology, as well as for policymakers, and health care professionals.

Reproductive Health Concerns and Abortion

Reproductive health concerns and abortion

One area of health-related policy that is a source of great controversy is reproductive health concerns, including access to birth control, the development of new birth control technologies, and abortion. There is currently a major political struggle occurring in this country about reproductive rights. Much of this struggle centers on abortion, but there are spillovers into birth control technology and the reaction to new reproductive technologies. These controversies are linked with both health specific issues and gender specific issues relating to changing roles of women in society. In this area, perhaps more clearly than in some other areas of health policy, the interrelationships between broader social policy, political issues, and health care issues are strong and ...

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