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1st Edition

Access to Health Care

ISBN 9780415275460
Published August 5, 2003 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

To what extent can we have truly universal, comprehensive and timely health services, equally available to all? Access to Health Care considers the meaning of 'access' in health care and examines the theoretical issues that underpin these questions.

Contributors draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives to investigate key aspects of access, including:
· geographical accessibility of services
· socio-economic equity of access
· patients' help-seeking behaviour
· organisational problems and access
· methods for evaluating access.

Access is considered in both a UK and international context. The book includes chapters on contrasting health policies in the United States and European Union.

Access to Health Care provides both health care researchers as well as health professionals, managers and policy analysts, with a clear and wide-ranging overview of topical and controversial questions in health policy and health services organization and delivery.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction, Martin Gulliford, José Figueroa-Muñoz, Myfanwy Morgan; Chapter 2 Geographical Access to Health Care, Robin Haynes; Chapter 3 Equity and Access to Health Care, Martin Gulliford; Chapter 4 Patients’ Help-Seeking and Access to Health Care, Myfanwy Morgan; Chapter 5 Organisational Barriers to Access, Roger Beech; Chapter 6 Financial Incentives and Barriers to Access, David Hughes; Chapter 7 Access to Health Care in the United States, Sarah C. Blake, Kenneth E. Thorpe, Kelly G. Howell; Chapter 8 Access to Health Care in the European Union, Mossialos Elias, Thomson Sarah; Chapter 9 Access to Dental Services, Gibson Barry; Chapter 10 Evaluation and Access, Myfanwy Morgan, Martin Gulliford, Meryl Hudson; Chapter 11 Reform, Rationing and Choice in a Changing Context, Martin Gulliford, Myfanwy Morgan;

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Martin Gulliford is Senior Lecturer in Public Health,
Myfanwy Morgan is Reader in Sociology of Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences, King’s College London.