Synopses & Reviews
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.
Introduction to Health Services, 7th Edition builds on a well-established format written by nationally recognized authors with updated research and statistics. This revision reflects critical updates in health care finance, health care access, managed care, insurance, and home health.
About the Author
Stephen Williams is the series editor for our Health Services Administration list. He is also a Professor of Public Health and head of the Division of Health Services Administration in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University in Dan Diego, California. Dr. Paul Torrens is Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health in Los Angeles
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments. 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. Index.