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Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy provides the analytical connections showing students how issues and actions are translated into public policies and institutions for resolving or managing healthcare issues and crises, such as the recent attempt to reform the national healthcare system. The Guide highlights the decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of government, business, and an informed citizenry in order to achieve a comprehensive approach to advancing the nation's healthcare policies. Through 30 topical, operational, and relational essays, the book addresses the development of the U.S. healthcare system and policies, the federal agencies and public and private organizations that frame and administer those policies, and the challenges of balancing the nation's healthcare needs with the rising costs of medical research, cost-effective treatment, ...

Fifty Years of Progress in Disease and Injury Prevention (1950s–Present)
Fifty years of progress in disease and injury prevention (1950s–present)
CariCuffney and PatrickRemington

Since 1960, the age-adjusted death rate from all causes in the United States has decreased by nearly 50 percent (see Table 23.1). Although a full exploration of the reasons for this decline is beyond the scope of a single chapter, it is essential to understand the progress made in four of the leading causes of premature death: infant deaths, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injuries. We discuss these key issues, using examples of specific health problems and the potential impact of policies and programs that were developed to respond to each health problem. More broadly, we discuss recent trends in health policies in disease ...

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