- 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.
Chapter 2: What Does Health Care Do for Society?
What Does Health Care Do for Society?
Debates in Health Care Today
Health policy is an important, and fast-growing, area of debate. Over the past twenty years or so, there has been a huge expansion in the academic literature concerned with health policy and with the broad field of health and medicine in a social science context. The issues are actively discussed not only by academics and health and medical professionals, but also by politicians, community groups, the media and the public. This is so both because health care is growing in importance in human societies, and because with recent growth and development have come a range of new uncertainties; the basis for important policy debates.
In 1990, spending on health ...