Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective 7th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1640550100

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Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective 7th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1640550100

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  • Publisher: Health Administration Press; 7th edition (October 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • 708 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1640550100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1640550100


Healthcare affects the lives of most Americans and absorbs a large portion of the United States’ resources. It also is continually debated, prompting ongoing legislative changes and market restructuring. One of the best ways to understand healthcare, in all its complexity, is from an economic perspective—that is, from the perspective of the financial self-interest of all involved parties.
Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective takes just such an approach. Renowned author Paul J. Feldstein describes the forces that press for change in healthcare and explains why the US health system has evolved to its current state. This book’s 38 concise, issue-oriented chapters cover various aspects of the US health system, including the cost of medical care, health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, physician and nursing shortages, medical school admittance, malpractice reform, prescription drugs, and more. Throughout, the book integrates information about the most significant health policy enacted in many years—the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Discussion questions, key points, and further readings round out every chapter.
Thoroughly revised and updated with current data and research findings, this seventh edition includes new and expanded content on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, physician malpractice reform, employee health benefits, generic drug shortages, political versus economic markets, and much more. The updated content includes three new chapters:
“Should Profits in Healthcare Be Prohibited?” discusses the role of profits and the consequences of eliminating profit.“Health Associations and the Political Marketplace” focuses on the types of legislation demanded by different health associations and explores the economic self-interest of each association’s members and policy preferences.“The Affordable Care Act: Did It Achieve Its Goals?” examines one of the most important objectives of the ACA—to reduce the number of uninsured Americans—and complements the ACA coverage throughout the book.
For 25 years, Health Policy Issues: An Economic Perspective has been highly regarded in the field of health policy. By illuminating the intersection of economics and policy, this topical book helps readers gain a better understanding of the ever-changing and multifaceted healthcare delivery system.
Paul J. Feldstein, PhD, has been a professor and the Robert Gumbiner Chair in Health Care Management in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, since 1987. Prior to Irvine, he was a professor at the University of Michigan in both the Department of Economics and the School of Public Health. In addition, he served as the director of the Division of Research at the American Hospital Association. Dr. Feldstein has written seven books, used widely in classrooms across the country, and more than 70 articles on healthcare, health economics, and health policy. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

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