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Health Politics and Policy 4th Edition

James A. Morone, Theodor J. Litman, Leonard S. Robins

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 1997, 1991, 1989
  • 624 Pages


The fourth edition of Health Politics and Policy examines the political arena in which United States health care policies are made, and provides a framework for understanding how the process works. This book conveys the excitement of health care politics and covers the issues facing the American health care system. Factors that shape health policy are discussed in detail, including values, private players, and government, as well as the resulting dynamic of these forces. A comparison of the U.S. system to others offers a foundation for understanding our system within an international context.

James A. Morone, Brown University

James Morone is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University where he received multiple citations for excellence in teaching. His research has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Law and Medical Ethics, Journal of Health Policy and Law, and many other publications, as well as on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. A prolific author, Dr. Morone's eight published books include Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. The New York Times, Washington Post, and several T.V. and radio shows have featured his essays and op-ed pieces on politics, history, and morality. A Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Morone speaks frequently for organizations around the world, sits on the Board of Editors for several scholarly journals, and has shared his expertise through congressional testimony and on special government panels. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Theodor J. Litman, University of Minnesota,

Professor Division of Health Management and Policy School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota,

Leonard S. Robins,

Leonard S. Robins, Ph.D., Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Consider This… presents brief reflection points of important topics
  • Contributions by leading experts and renowned scholars offer quality health care information
  • New information on the latest developments in all major health care policy programs and the logic of those developments
  • End-of-chapter study questions for progress assessment
Introduction. Health Politics and Policy
PART I. Ideas and Concepts
Chap 1. Values in Health Policy: Understanding Fairness and Efficiency
Chap 2. Markets and Politics
Chap 3. Morals and Health Policy
Consider This… Arenas In the Mosaic of Health Politics
PART II. Political Institutions
Chap 4. Congress
Chap 5. The Presidents
Chap 6. The Courts
Chap 7. Federalism
Chap 8. State Governments: E Pluribus Multa
Consider This… Maine Tries Reform
PART III. The Health Policy Process: Interest groups, Stakeholders, and Public opinion
Chap 9. Privatizing Health Politics
Chap 10. American Health Care: Inefficient, Inequitable, and Costly
Chap 11. Public Opinion
Chap 12. Lobbyists: Ten Myths About Power and Influence
Chap 13. Employers and Health Care: A Sick Business
Consider This… Adventures with Informed Consent
PART IV. Outcomes: Programs, Policies, and Problems
Chap 14. Medicare: The Great Transformation
Chap 15. Medicaid: Health Care for You and Me?
Chap 16. AIDS
Chap 17. Environmental Policy and Health
Chap 18. The Elderly: Health Politics Beyond Aging
Consider This… 20 Classic Observations about Health Politics and Policy
PART V. The United States in International Perspective
Chap 19. American Health Care in International Perspective
Chap 20. Taking Medicine to Market: Competition in Britain and the United States
Chap 21. Devil Take the Hindmost: Private Health Insurance and the Rising Costs of American Exceptionalism
Consider This… Learning about Health Care from Other Countries
Epilogue Health Politics and Policy: Issues and Challenges for the Twenty-first Century

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  • ISBN-10: 1133480217
  • ISBN-13: 9781133480211
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