• 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.

Developing Health Policy
Developing health policy
The Way Ahead

This book has attempted to provide a guide for the study of health policy, particularly for those with an active role or potentially active role in the policy arena. Part II discussed the way in which policy studies might be conducted, and relevant information gathered. Part III introduced some concepts which are basic to all policy analysis. Part IV looked at some of the policy areas on which the big debates of today are focused. In this short final section, we ask how all this might help in furthering applied studies with real practical applications. To do this, we shall focus on two questions. The first is, does reference to the concepts and debates discussed give us insights into ...

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