Written by a well-respected health and public policy expert, this book provides a comprehensive exploration of the under-appreciated role of public health policy in the United States’ medical care industry.
The book offers students:
•an introduction to the fundamentals of health policy, with comparative perspectives from other countries;
•analysis of major health care programmes, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and regulatory programs;
•reflections on issues around access, quality, cost, and the ethics of provision.
By drawing comparisons between the US and other countries, it deepens our understanding of health policy in the US, where it is headed next, and what it might learn from other systems.
“A remarkable introduction to America’s medical arrangements, the nation’s economic outlays, the public’s opinions of those arrangements and the political struggles that are major components of American public life.” Ted Marmor, Yale University
“B. Guy Peters conveys the complexities of health care policy, and the extra layers of complexity involved in the development of the American system, in a manner that is accessible and highly informative.” Alex Waddan, University of Leicester
“This is a must-have book for faculty members and instructors seeking an all-encompassing overview of the politics of healthcare policy in the United States. Insightful, timely, and a pleasure to read.” Patrik Marier, Concordia University
B. Guy Peters is Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at the University of Pittsburgh, US.
1. Introduction: Images of American Healthcare
2. American Healthcare in Comparative Perspective
3. Medicare: Public Health Insurance for the Elderly
4. Medicaid and CHIP: Medical Care for the Medically Indigent
5. Affordable Care Act: A Major Step Forward
6. Regulatory Policies in Healthcare
7. Access to Healthcare
8. Healthcare Costs and Cost Containment
9. The Quality of Healthcare: How Good Is It?
10. What’s Next? Continuing Health Reform after the Affordable Care Act