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Essentials of Health Services

Essentials of Health Services - 3rd edition

Essentials of Health Services - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 9781401899318

ISBN10: 1401899315

Essentials of Health Services by Stephen J. Williams - ISBN 9781401899318
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Delmar Learning
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Essentials of Health Services by Stephen J. Williams - ISBN 9781401899318

ISBN13: 9781401899318

ISBN10: 1401899315

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05

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Our national health care system is one of the nation's most important components. What we spend and invest in health care resources and services ultimately improves how long and how well we live. As costs and structure continue to increase in complexity, it is now more important than ever to understand how the system functions--whether you are a consumer or employed by the system. Now in its third successful edition, Essentials of Health Services gives you the most straightforward, uncomplicated explanation of how our health care system is structured and how it functions so you can better understand, use, and enhance the services that directly affect your life.


  • An overview of the health care system examines the need for health services and the methods for measuring access to our health services.
  • The settings in which health care is offered to consumers and organizations, including the pharmaceutical industry, are described and analyzed.
  • Major categories of providers such as hospitals, mental health services, health care personnel, and the pharmaceutical industry are discussed.
  • The way we pay for, manage, control, and evaluate our health care system is assessed, including insurance and reimbursement mechanisms.
  • New sections in chapter 10 update readers on current trends pertaining to technology and research
  • Online Companion with PowerPoint and an electronic Instructor's Manual, replaces the print Instructor's Manual and transparencies
  • Regulatory and managed care and planning mechanisms are addressed.
  • Health care policy and politics and their effect on how the health care system has evolved, as well as their potential effects in the future, are examined.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part One: An Overview of Health Care in the United States

1. The Big Picture
2. The Underlying Basis for Health Services Utilization
3. Access to Health Care Services

Part Two: The Resources for Providing Care

4. Ambulatory Health Services: Backbone of the System
5. Public Health Services
6. Hospitals and Health Systems
7. Mental and Behavioral Health Services
8. Long-Term Care Services
9. The People Who Provide Health Care Services
10. The Pharmaceutical Industry

Part Three: Paying For, Managing, Controlling, and Evaluating the System

11. Paying for Health Care
12. Managed Care and the Reorganization of Health Services
13. Regulating and Planning for the System
14. Quality of Care
15. National Health Policy

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