Health Care Policy and Politics A to Z. 2nd Edition (Hardcover)

By Julie Rovner

CQ Press, 9781568028521, 282pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2003



Although political administrations come and go in Washington, tough issues stay on. Even with a Republican now in the White House focused on terrorism, American health care remains one of the most talked about and controversial issues at the beginning of the 21st century. No domestic problem has engaged so many persons, from thousands without medical insurance to individuals fed up with real or imagined mistreatment in managed care. This complicated issue will remain and grow even more serious. Health Care Policy and Politics A to Z brings clarity and understanding to one of the most contentious and important public policy issues in America. What is managed care and why is it so controversial? What are the roots of the abortion controversy? What is a cafeteria benefits plan, capitation, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and portability? These and hundreds of other questions, terms, and concepts - almost 300 in all - are discussed in layman's language by Julie Rovner, a Washington-based reporter specializing in health care issues for many years. Readers will turn to this book to understand the continuing national debate about how Americans should receive health care and who should pay for it.