Health Care Reform Around the World

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Andrew C. Twaddle
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Medical - 419 pages
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Health care reforms around the world--from Europe and North America to Africa, Latin America and Asia--seem to all be market-oriented reforms driven by international business interests and right wing political parties. There seems to be a sudden and broad concern with the efficiency of medical care, with the assertion that democratically or professionally run systems are inherently inefficient. Far less concern is evident for the more traditional values held regarding medical care, effectiveness (or quality) and equity. The fact is that we have little good cross-national research that systematically addresses the reform issue.

This book addresses that problem, and attempts to look at health care reforms in a number of countries, representing as wide a spectrum as possible, and using a common conceptual framework that allows for comparable information to be gathered and presented on each, despite differing levels of socio-economic development. The authors agreed on a set of models that were thought to provide reasonable guidance in answering the questions of the source of pressures for reform, the alternative modes of organization that have been found in the world in recent years, and the direction of change among those alternatives.


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Part I Introduction
Part II Western Europe and North America
Part III Eastern Europe
Part IV The Middle East
Part V Latin America
Part VI Asia and Oceania
Part VII Conclusion
Name Index
Subject Index
About the Contributors

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Page 13 - Ours is an epoch in which it is almost universally agreed that a profound realignment, if not revolution, is underway in our economy and society. The proliferation of labels . . . often substitutes for analysis. But it mirrors the recognition that we are leaving behind us a social order that was pretty much understood, and entering another the contours of which can be only dimly recognized.
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About the author (2002)

ANDREW C. TWADDLE is Professor of Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia.

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