Description : This concise reference provides a one-stop point of research that examines major aspects of health care systems for over 190 countries worldwide. In a consistent format, ten major health care categories are systematically examined for each country: 1. Emergency Health Services; 2. Costs of Hospitalization; 3. Costs of Drugs; 4. Major Health Issues; 5. Government Role in Health Care; 6. Insurance; 7. Access to Health Care; 8. Health Care Facilities; 9. Health Care Personnel (doctor level of training, etc.); and 10. Public Health Programs. The volume is organized in alphabetical order of country names. Each country is presented on a two- or three-page spread with the same descriptive and statistical content, allowing readers to compare health care systems from country to country. For example, a reader may compare costs of drugs in France versus the United States versus Canada. Each country spread will feature short entries on the ten health care categories accompanied by charts, table, and photos as appropriate. The work culminates as a unique and essential resource for pre-med and medical students, as well as researchers in sociology, economics, and the health management fields.
Description : This book provides a multidisciplinary examination of health care systems in a variety of countries. Major concepts, perspectives, and issues are introduced, defined, and used as the basis for analysis. Thirteen countries are described and analyzed in considerable detail along with the demographic, social, and economic characteristics and health care systems of each. The book presents a general model and definition of health care systems, including important factors to consider in understanding health promotion, prevention of disease, and health care. It provides detailed descriptions of diverse health care systems, ranging from centralized and government operated to largely private enterprises, noting the virtues and liabilities of each system. A valuable resource for anyone who wishes to understand the changes taking place in health care delivery systems in the United States and in a variety of countries across the world.
Description : Uses information about health care systems in six industrialized countries to show that the United States' system is an outlier as it covers fewer individuals at significantly higher costs.
Description : Common elements of health care reforms in a number of countries are identified, and a theoretical framework developed to explain why reforms that seem on the surface to be nationally based can only be understood in a transnational context. The book discusses trends in medical care, options for the organization of medical and other services, and reasons why market modes of organization are in the ascendant at the expense of democratic and professional interests.
Description : This book addresses the global need for more comparative studies on health policy and health care systems, given the rise in recent decades of societal aging, modern mass diseases, economic globalization, and resulting permanent fiscal austerity of governments which have fundamentally altered the status quo of health care systems. The book examines the healthcare experiences of the most developed countries in Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore) and compares these with four of the most important health care systems in Europe (UK, France, Germany and Italy). Focusing on the public health care systems the contributors discuss the rising need for reforms in health care and health insurance administration, delivery systems, financing and overall health care policy strategies, particularly in fast-aging societies in Asia, and highly aged societies in Europe. This book will appeal to students and scholars of health care policy, health and social administration, social policy, public policy and social work. It will also provide a reference for professionals who need a view of the trajectory of public health financing in relation to changed and changing demographics and disease patterns.
Description : Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives explores the health systems of 17 countries through comparative study. Using a consistent framework, the chapters offer an overview of each countrys history, geography, government, and economy, as well as a detailed analysis of the countrys healthcare system facilities, workforce, technology, cost, quality, and access. Current and emerging issues are also explored. The book concludes with a look at the changing U.S. healthcare system and the global challenges and opportunities for health.
Description : A Brookings Institution Press and the National University of Singapore Press publication This is the story of the Singapore healthcare system: how it works, how it is financed, its history, where it is going, and what lessons it may hold for national health systems around the world. Singapore ranks sixth in the world in healthcare outcomes, yet spends proportionally less on healthcare than any other high-income country. This is the first book to set out a comprehensive system-level description of healthcare in Singapore, with a view to understanding what can be learned from its unique system design and development path. The lessons from Singapore will be of interest to those currently planning the future of healthcare in emerging economies, as well as those engaged in the urgent debates on healthcare in the wealthier countries faced with serious long-term challenges in healthcare financing. Policymakers, legislators, public health officials responsible for healthcare systems planning, finance and operations, as well as those working on healthcare issues in universities and think tanks should understand how the Singapore system works to achieve affordable excellence.
Description : Your all-in-one companion for health personnel World Health Systems details different health systems, including their related health insurance and drug supply systems, in various parts of the world with both macro- and micro- perspectives. The book is arranged in five parts: the first part presents, from multidisciplinary perspectives, outlines of various health systems throughout the world, as well as current trends in the development and reform of world health systems. The second and third parts expound on the health systems in developed countries, discussing the government's role in the health service market and basic policies on medication administration and expenses, before analyzing the health systems of Britain, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Germany, France, Japan, Poland, USA, Singapore, Hongkong (China), and Taiwan (China). The fourth and fifth parts discuss health systems in less developed countries and areas, typically the BRICS and other countries in Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Armenia, and Kyrghyzstan), Africa (Egypt, Morocco), Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, and Bulgaria) and South America (Cuba, Chile, and Mexico), summarizing their past experiences, while making assessments of their current efforts to shed light on future developments. Details a variety of health systems throughout the world Compares their fundamental features and characteristics Discusses their respective strengths and shortcomings Provides insight from an author who holds multiple impressive titles in the health sector Public health professionals and academics alike will want to add World Health Systems to their library.
Description : This pioneering work is the first comprehensive account of national health systems throughout the world today. The author analyzes the organization, financing, management, and delivery of health services in 68 countries with widely diverse levels of economic development and political ideology. Topics examined include system planning, manpower development, hospital operations, health insurance, cost containment, prevention programs, quality controls, primary care, regionalization, privatization, and more. The work clarifies the similarities and differences with which nations have responded to the health and medical needs of their people, offering historical backgrounds and explanations of the current dynamics prevailing in each country. It will enable the health problems of any single country to be understood with a fresh perspective provided by the strategies used elsewhere to cope with similar situations. This in-depth study is the product of a uniquely rich research career and represents the author's first-hand experience working in the great majority of the countries described. Volume II, scheduled for publication in 1993, will analyze health system components and issues.
Description : The health care industry currently provides over 13 million jobs with a projected 27 percent increase over the next decade the largest increase of any other industry. Given these trends, a basic understanding of the U.S. health care system is important to students across many disciplines including business, law, health administration, pre-medicine, nursing, allied health, public health, and more. This combination textbook and activity workbook gives students a fundamental understanding of the basic concepts of the U.S. healthcare system. Written with the undergraduate in mind, Basics of the U.S. Health Care System uses simple, reader-friendly language and features hands-on exercises that engage the student in active learning. Each chapter offers a vocabulary crossword puzzle, a vocabulary exercise, real life exercises, and Internet exercises.