An Introduction to Health Policy

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Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2009 - Medical - 256 pages
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With a strong comparative and international element, this engaging book analyzes the process, implementation, and outcomes of health policy in Canada. The author critically compares Canadian health policy to other systems such as the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Cuba. Case studies include the capacity of various health systems to respond to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. Of interest to a variety of disciplines including nursing, social work, health sciences, medical, and healthy policy, it is written for those who are studying or working in the health sector.

The primary goals of this book are:

  • to examine how public policy - including health policy - is developed and implemented, by providing examples of current health policy issues in Canada
  • to provide various models of the policy-development and implementation process
  • to use case studies of health policy issues in Canada, the United States, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and policy changes developed to address these issues in order to illustrate key concepts
  • to outline key themes in health policy and direct attention to the forces that shape health policy in Canada and in other Western nations
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
27
Chapter 3
55
Chapter 4
77
Chapter 5
109
Chapter 6
141
Chapter 7
173
Chapter 8
205
Chapter 9
231
Chapter 10
263
Chapter 11
285
Chapter 12
313
Copyright Acknowledgements
339
Index
345
Back Cover
365
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About the author (2009)

Toba Bryant is a co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care as well as a contributor to Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectivs. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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