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Healthcare Politics and Policy in America

5th Edition

By Kant Patel, Mark E Rushefsky


310 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Health policy in the United States has been shaped by the political, socioeconomic, and ideological environment, with important roles played by public and private actors, as well as institutional and individual entities, in designing the contemporary American healthcare system. Now in a fully updated fifth edition, this book gives expanded attention to pressing issues for our policymakers including the aging American population, physician shortages, gene therapy, specialty drugs, and the opioid crisis. A new chapter has been added on the Trump administration's failed attempts at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and subsequent attempts at undermining it via executive orders.  .

Authors Patel and Rushefsky address the key problems of healthcare cost, access, and quality through analyses of Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Health Administration, and other programs, and the ethical and cost implications of advances in healthcare technology.  Each chapter concludes with discussion questions and a comprehensive reference list. This textbook will be required reading for courses on health and healthcare policy, as well as all those interested in the ways in which American healthcare has evolved over time.

Table of Contents

Part I: Healthcare Politics and Policy

1. Healthcare Politics

2. Healthcare Policy in the United States

Part II: Government Safety Net Programs

3. Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: The Poor and the Disabled

4. Medicare: The Elderly

5. Healthcare for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and the Veterans

6. Falling Through the Safety Net: The Disadvantaged

Part III: The High Cost of American Healthcare System

7. Healthcare Costs, Expenditures, and Cost Containment

Part IV: Contemporary Challenges in American Healthcare

8. Contemporary Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare

9. Contemporary Challenges Confronting American Healthcare

Part V: The Continuing Struggle for Healthcare Reform in the United States

10. The Affordable Care Act: Repeal and Replace and the Future of Healthcare

About the Authors

Kant Patel is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University, USA.

Mark Rushefsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University, USA.

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