This book, based on the Third Conference on Health Policy, is derived from those discussions that identified as a fundamental issue the translation of societal values into health care objectives and the formulation of mechanisms by which these objectives could guide the clinical decision-making.
1. The Setting 2. A Twentieth Century Retrospective 3. Allocating Health Care Resources: How Can We Ensure Access to Essential Care? 4. Alternative Treatments and Outcomes for Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases 5. A Catastrophic Disease Perspective on Organ Transplantation 6. Aging Reconsidered: Emerging Research and Policy Issues 7. The New Genetics and the Future Practice of Medicine 8. Themes and Policies