The seventh edition of Introduction to Health Services builds upon its reputation as a classic book written by nationally recognized authors. This new edition addresses the increasing pressure to improve the efficiency of the nation’s health care system and to provide an adequate level of health care for all Americans. The seventh edition reflects the revolutionary changes in the practice of clinical medicine, government policy, information technology, and health care cost containment. In-depth information in the areas of health care finance, health care access, managed care, and insurance and home health is also provided. Research and statistics throughout make this book the premier reference for understanding all the services that compose the health care landscape.
- New chapter on the Future of Health Services sheds light on current issues and forecasts potential developments
- Expanded content on the role of public health and preventive services in the reduction of illness and disease and the protection of our nation's health
- Review questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to assess their progress
Table of Contents:
PART ONE: Overview of the Health Services System.
Chapter 1. Understanding Health Systems: The Organization of Health Care in the United States.
Chapter 2. Technology in the U.S. Health Care System.
Chapter 3. Population and Disease Patterns and Trends.
PART TWO: Financing and Structuring Health Care.
Chapter 4. Financing Health Systems.
Chapter 5. Private Health Insurance and Managed Care.
PART THREE: Providers of Health Services
Chapter 6. Public Health: Joint Public-Private Responsibility in an Era of New Threats.
Chapter 7. Ambulatory Health Care Services and Organizations.
Chapter 8. Hospitals and Health Systems.
Chapter 9. The Continuum of Long-Term Care.
Chapter 10. Mental and Behavioral Health Services
PART FOUR: Nonfinancial Resources for Health Care.
Chapter 11. The Pharmaceutical Industry.
Chapter 12. Health Care Professionals.
PART FIVE: Assessing and Regulating Health Services.
Chapter 13. Understanding Health Policy.
Chapter 14. The Quality of Health Care.
Chapter 15. Ethical Issues in Public Health and Health Services.
Chapter 16. The Future of Health Services.