Health Care Systems Around the World

Health Care Systems Around the World : Characteristics, Issues, Reforms

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Appropriate for undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in Comparative International Health Care, Advanced Medical Sociology, and public health courses with a comparative perspective. This text is a multidisciplinary examination of health care systems in a diverse group of countries. Major concepts, perspectives, and issues are introduced, defined, and used as the basis for initial analysis. The demographic, social, economic, and health care status of each country is summarized. Each of the thirteen countries is described and analyzed in considerable detail. The health care system effectiveness of each country is compared using cultural, political, social, and economic criteria. The most successful features of each health care system are highlighted and summarized as a basis for recommending reforms.show more

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  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 175.26 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 612.35g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0131042335
  • 9780131042339
  • 1,995,288

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Health care has become a major focus of international concern and a primary political, social, and economic issue in nearly every country. The resources required to meet public demand for high-quality and high technology services are substantial, especially since the average length of life is increasing in most countries with consequent higher per capita expenditures.show more

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I. THE ISSUES AND THE COUNTRIES. 1. Introduction: Basic Issues and Concepts. 2. The Countries and Their Characteristics. II. THE ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES. 3. The United States: High-Technology and Limited Access. 4. Canada: Challenges to Public Payment for Universal Care. 5. Japan: Preventive Health Care as Cultural Norm. 6. Germany: A Tradition of Universal Heath Care. 7. France: Centrally Controlled and Locally Managed. 8. The Netherlands: Gradual Adaptation. 9. Sweden: Decentralized Comprehensive Care. 10. The United Kingdom: The Economy Model. III. THE FORMERLY COMMUNIST COUNTRIES. 11. The Czech Republic: A NewMixture of Public and Private Services. 12. Hungary: Creating a Remodeled System. 13. Russia: Transition to Market and Consumer Orientation. IV. EVOLVING AND MODERNIZING COUNTRIES. 14. China: Privatizing Socialist Health Care. 15. Mexico: Modernizing Structure and Expanded Rural Services. V. COMPARISONS ON MAJOR ISSUES. 16. Organizational Variations and Reforms. 17. Economic Organization of Health Care: Comparative Perspectives. 18. Expectations for Reform: A Glimpse at the Future. Index.show more

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