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The U.S. Health System: Origins and Functions 6th Edition

Camille K. Barsukiewicz, Ph.D., Marshall W. Raffel, Ph.D., Norma K. Raffel

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2002, 1994, 1989
  • 304 Pages

Overview

THE U.S. HEALTH SYSTEM offers both a historical and current perspective of the delivery of health care in the United States. Readers will learn about the origins of our health system, the forces that have influenced its change, and how the system has responded to those forces of change to become what it is today. Key topics include costs, financing and access to health care, as well as a look at the various systems for delivering health care. Reform efforts are also discussed and new chapters on information management systems, health status and health care utilization, and public health have been introduced. Each chapter poses topics for further debate in a Question of Ethics and provides hands-on exercises in the Activity-Based Learning sections. Exhibits in each chapter will stimulate discussion on the various chapter topics.

Camille K. Barsukiewicz, Ph.D., University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

Marshall W. Raffel, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Norma K. Raffel,

  • New chapter on Public Health – The Health of the Community.
  • New chapter on Technology Development and Information Management Systems.
  • New chapter on Health Status and Health Care Utilization.
  • New chapter on Health Status and Health Care Utilization.
  • Updated Activity-Based Learning questions and Question of Ethics sections challenge students' critical thinking skills.
  • Updated references with related web resources provide additional research opportunities.
  • Discusses ethical implications of health care delivery.
  • Provides both a historical and current view of the delivery of health care in the United States.
  • The book is organized into three primary sections on health care system origins, influences, and changes.
  • Includes stories of real health care organizations dealing with delivery and financing of health care.
1. Introduction.
2. Health Care Costs.
3. Paying for Health Care Services.
4. Health Status and Health Care Utilization.
5. Medical Education.
6. Professions in Health Care.
7. Ambulatory Care.
8. Hospitals.
9. Mental Health Services.
10. Long-Term Care.
11. Public Health – The Health of the Community.
12. Information Management Systems.
13. Current Issues in Health Care Delivery.

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  • ISBN-10: 1285307461
  • ISBN-13: 9781285307466
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  • ISBN-10: 1418052981
  • ISBN-13: 9781418052980
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  • RETAIL $149.95

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Online Companion

ISBN: 9781435488175
The Premium Web Site provides the following support materials: ELECTRONIC INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL. The Instructor's Manual that accompanies this book includes an overview of the In Practice and Debate Time material from the text; suggested solutions to the end-of-chapter discussion questions and case studies; teaching tips and exercises; complimentary reading lists; suggested solutions to the Vignette material in the study guide; and an overview of additional Debate Time material from the study guide. ELECTRONIC STUDY GUIDE: The Study Guide includes Vignettes which present additional case study material followed by critical thinking questions; research assignments for the students to complete either in class or on their own to help them practice the skills they will need on the job; and additional Debate Time scenarios. POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS: This book comes with Microsoft PowerPoint slides for each chapter. They're included as a teaching aid for classroom presentation, to make available to students on the network for chapter review, or to be printed for classroom distribution. Instructors, please feel free to add your own slides for additional topics you introduce to the class. EXAMVIEW®: EXAMVIEW®, the ultimate tool for objective-based testing needs, is a powerful test generator that enables instructors to create paper, LAN, or Web-based tests from test banks designed specifically for their Cengage Course Technology text. Instructors can utilize the ultra-efficient QuickTest Wizard to create tests in less than five minutes by taking advantage of Cengage Course Technology's questions banks, or customize their own exams from scratch. Sample Course Syllabus.