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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, ...

Chapter 3: The Department of Health and Human Services: Responsibilities and Policies (1953–Present)

The Department of Health and Human Services: Responsibilities and Policies (1953–Present)
The department of health and human services: Responsibilities and policies (1953–Present)
Beryl A.Radin

One could characterize the current health system as an example of American exceptionalism: it highlights limited government, faith in markets, and individual rather than group responsibility.1 While the uniqueness of U.S. history is often expressed as a rationale for American superiority and separation from international norms, critics argue that the concept of exceptionalism is a way to avoid dealing with problems in U.S. society. The changes that have occurred as a result of the recent health reform debate are examples of this conceptual conflict. Advocates for change are attempting to balance an acceptance of some historical patterns with the need to address problems ...

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