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Health Policy, Law & EconomicsAuthors: JD, LLM Joel B. Teitelbaum, JD, PhD Sara E. Wilensky
Public opinion polls, media coverage, legal disputes, and policy debates at all levels of government and in private industry attest to the important place that individual health care and public health hold in the minds of the American public, policymakers, and lawmakers. Indeed, the range of topics covered by the legal disputes and policy debates is breathtaking.
For example, how should finite financial resources be allocated between health care and public health? What kind of return (in terms of quality of individual care and the overall health of the population) should we expect from the staggering amount of money we collectively spend on health? Should individuals have a legal entitlement to health insurance? How should we attack extant health disparities based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status? What policies will best protect the privacy of personal health information in an increasingly electronic medical system? Should physician assistance in dying be promoted as a laudable social value? How prepared is the country for natural and man-made catastrophes, like pandemic influenza or bioterrorism attacks?
Essentials of Health Policy and Law, Fourth Edition provides students of public health, medicine, nursing, public policy, and health administration with answers to and analytic frameworks for these complex questions, including in-depth discussions of the essential policy and legal issues impacting and flowing out of the healthcare and public health systems and the way health policies and laws are formulated. Concise and straightforward, this textbook is an introduction to the seminal issues in U.S. health policy and law, with a particular focus on national health reform under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Features and Benefits
New content on the social determinants of health, law, and health equity.
Updated health reform chapter to reflect changes to the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, CHIP, Medicare, state health policy, and any new federal legislation.
Updated chapters on health care quality chapter, and public health preparedness.
Updated timeline, figures, tables, and discussion questions.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I Setting the Stage: An Overview of Health Policy and Law
Chapter 1 Understanding the Role of and Conceptualizing Health Policy and Law
Chapter 2 Policy and the Policy Making Process
Chapter 3 Law and the Legal System
Chapter 4 Overview of the United States Healthcare System
Chapter 5 Public Health Institutions and Systems
Part II Essential Issues in Health Policy and Law
Chapter 6 Individual Rights in Health Care and Public Health
Chapter 7 Social Determinants of Health and the Role of Law in Optimizing Health
Chapter 8 Understanding Health Insurance
Chapter 9 Health Economics in a Health Policy Context
Chapter 10 Health Reform in The United States
Chapter 11 Government Health Insurance Programs: Medicaid, CHIP, and Medicare
Chapter 12 Healthcare Quality Policy and Law
Chapter 13 Public Health Preparedness Policy
Part III Basic Skills in Health Policy Analysis
Chapter 14 The Art of Structuring and Writing a Health Policy Analysis