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.

Providers of Care: Health Professions and Health Facilities

Providers of care: Health professions and health facilities

Most of the previous chapters have dealt with specific age groups and their health care problems, or with specific disease related health care issues. This chapter will deal with policies and controversies about providers of health care. Generally, providers can be divided into two types: people who actually provide care, such as physicians and nurses, and places that provide care, such as hospitals and outpatient care settings. This chapter will initially discuss policies and controversies related to the health professions and health personnel. The rest of the chapter will predominantly concentrate on policy issues and controversies relating to places in which care is provided.

Health Professions and Health Personnel

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