Recent changes to the health service including new structures and ways of working at both local and national levels are having major influences on the working lives of every health visitor and community nurse and on their professional opportunities. Understanding these changes is essential and this practical and authoritative handbook addresses them all. The authors all have first-hand experience of the radical changes underway. The clear straightforward format is designed to allow quick access to relevant and up-to-date information. The book is vital reading for every community practitioner.
Table of Contents
International health care reform: what goes round, comes round. The pervasive role of ideology in the optimism of the public-private mix in the public healthcare system. Efficient purchasing in public and private healthcare systems: mission impossible? The public-private mix in the UK. UK health care reform: continuity and change. The mix of public and private payers in the American health system. Political wolves and economic sheep: the sustainability of public health insurance in Canada. Public-private mix for health in France. The public-private mix in Scandinavia. Public-private mix for health care in Germany. The public-private mix in health services: New Zealand. The role of the private sector in the Australian health care system. Common challenges in health care markets. Enduring problems in health care delivery.