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Health Care Politics, Policy and Services

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A Social Justice Analysis, Second Edition

Author: Gunnar Almgren MSW, PhD


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This new edition of the AJN Award-winning textbook analyzes the most current health care reforms and their effect on our health system from a social justice perspective. It addresses the reforms of the landmark health care reform bill passed in March, 2010, and provides students of health care policy with a framework within which they can understand and evaluate our health system.

The text provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the historical evolution and organization of our health care system that is framed by a forthright social justice critique. In addition to extensive coverage of our health care system structures, finances, and performance on a variety of population health indicators, the text analyzes disparities in access to health and health care in America-by race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, and geography. Issues of special focus include long-term care policy, the bioethical dimensions of health care policy, the transformation of health to an economic commodity, the politics of health care policymaking, and the global context of health care disparities.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Contains numerous chapters that have been extensively revised or completely rewritten
  • Explains the political goals of and barriers to each stage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) implementation plan
  • Provides two distinct critiques of the PPACA
  • Offers a social and political health care agenda based on a social justice perspective
  • Features a teaching guide

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 25, 2012
  • Page Count 416
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826108876
  • EISBN 9780826108883

About The Author(s) 

Gunnar Almgren, PhD, is Professor of Social Work and Social Welfare at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. Prior to that, he was a social work practitioner and administrator in not-for-profit and public health care systems for 15 years. His teaching and research interests include health care policy, social welfare policy, poverty and inequality, safety-net health care systems, and the determinants of disparities in health and in health care. He is also the co-author of The Safety-Net Health Care System: Health Care at the Margins (Springer Publishing, 2012).

Table of Contents 

1. A Primer on Theories of Social Justice and Defining the Problem of Health Care

2. The Historical Evolvement of the U.S. Health Care System

3. The Contemporary Organization of Health Care: Health Care Finance

4. The Contemporary Organization of Health Care: Health Care Services and Utilization

5. Long Term Care of the Aged and Disabled

6. Disparities in Health and Health Care

7. Social Epidemiology: Unraveling the Social Determinants of Disparities in Health

8. The Status and Prospects for Fundamental Health Care Reform: A Reality Check and Philosophical Critique

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