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Although a broad spectrum of health care reform plans have come and gone, improving US medical care still remains an important area of concern. In this context, Marmour (politics and public policy, Yale) reflects on the institutional constraints to reform US medicine. The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 addresses the emergence of the health reform debate; part 2 focuses on the debate over universal health insurance; part 3 offers a comparative perspective from the Canadian and Japanese experience; and part 4 accents the politics of health insurance reform. As a whole, this collection of essays penetrates the labyrinth of health care policy making and efforts toward reform. In a clean and concise manner, these essays guide the reader through historical, political, and economic analyses and offer fresh insights and interpretations of policy decisions and dilemmas, all written in a nonacademic style with chapter notes and a glossary. Recommended for all academic audiences as a critical resource in health-care policy. Undergraduate through faculty.
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