• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

What are Health Policies and How are They Made?
What are health policies and how are they made?
Introduction

This book focuses on policy making. It asks how policies are made, and how we can study the process of health care policy making in order to improve upon it for ourselves. The term ‘policy’ is a vague one, used in many different ways. Some of these will be explored within the book. Let us start however by saying that policy is important because it is what gives content to the practices of the health sector. Policies are expressed in a whole series of practices, statements, regulations and even laws which are the result of decisions about how we will do things. If we worked in a world ...

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