National Health Systems of the World: Volume 2: The Issues

National Health Systems of the World: Volume 2: The Issues

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This is Volume II of the comprehensive review of national health systems of the world presented in Volume I. In that volume, the author analysed the organization, financing, management, and delivery of health services in 68 countries at diverse levels of economic development and political ideology. In Volume II, the principal issues in health systems across countries are examined. The issues are categorized according to the several components by which national health systems may be analysed. They include such issues as the role of traditional healers, the scope of Ministries of Health, Social Security financing, commercial health insurance, methods of cost-containment, strategies of planning, legislation on health promotion, concepts of primary health care, control of sexually-transmitted diseases, emergency medical services, and many other controversial topics. The elucidation of these issues is designed not to provide answers, but to provoke more

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  • Hardback | 364 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures and tables
  • 0195078454
  • 9780195078459

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Volume II of this work is the complement to Volume I. The first volume analyzes the national health systems of countries of three economic levels.Volume II examines issues or components of health systems across countries. Selection of these issues has been based on the general model of a health system employed in Volume I. This consists of an interlocking framework of five major components: 1) production of resources, 2) organization of programs, 3) economic support, 4) system management, and 5) delivery of services. Subdivisions of these major components define the issues that are explored in Volume more

Table of contents

PART I: RESOURCES ; 1. Physicians and Healers ; 2. Nurses, Pharmacists, and Other Personnel ; 3. Health Facilities ; 4. Health Commodities and Knowledge ; PART II: PROGRAMS ; 5. Governmental Health Agencies ; 6. Social Security for Medical Care ; 7. Voluntary Health Agencies ; 8. Private Sector Health Care ; PART III: ECONOMIC SUPPORT MANAGEMENT ; 9. Economic Support of Health Systems ; 10. Health Planning and Administration ; 11. Health Regulation and Legislation ; PART IV: HEALTH SERVICES DELIVERY ; 12. Ambulatory and Primary Health Care ; 13. Hospital Services ; 14. Special Purpose Health Programs ; PART V: WORLD PERSPECTIVE ; 15. International Health Activities ; 16. World Trends in Health Systemsshow more

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provides an encyclopedic overview of the main issues confronted by national health systems around the world ... The book's strength arises from its descriptive presentation of "facts and ideas," ... represents a formidable accomplishment ... Roemer has labored long in the field of health systems research around the world and deserves a note of thanks for this achievement * Michael R. Reich, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, volume 10, number 2 * This publication will provide a valuable reference to anyone interested in cross-national comparisons in health care activities. * Biological Abstracts/RRM (Reports, Reviews, Meetings) Volume 45 Issue 3 (Cover date: August 8, 1993) *show more