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Health Policy

Health Policy
A Critical Perspective

December 2008 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This textbook provides a critical assessment of developments in health and healthcare policy within the UK and Europe. Each chapter integrates conceptual themes drawn from the fields of sociology and political science to offer a unique combination of theory, historical detail and wider social commentary.

The book is divided into four sections:

- Section One establishes a theoretical basis for the analysis of contemporary health policy.

- Section Two examines the key constituents of health care 'systems', which includes a comparative analysis of EU member states.

- Section Three focuses on contemporary health care policy and provision in the UK.

- Section Four assesses the increasingly limited ability of national governments to reduce threats to the health of their populations.

Written in an accessible style, the student-friendly approach highlights key concepts and includes introductions, summaries and examples of further reading. Each chapter also includes case studies and activities which encourage the reader to think about the planning, implementation and assessment of specific healthcare policies.

This is a timely and authoritative textbook that covers a key topic of the curriculum while also contributing to topical debates. The book will be essential reading for healthcare and social science students taking modules in health policy, and will also be of interest to policy makers and practitioners in the field of healthcare.

Theory and Context

Studying Health Policy
The Role of the State
Theory and Practice

The Policy-Making Process
The Healthcare System

The Structure of Healthcare in the UK
Continuity and Change

The System of Healthcare Funding in the UK
A Comparative Analysis of European Healthcare Systems
Changing Demands, Common Solutions?

Issues in Healthcare Provision

Governing the Medical Profession
Managing the Performance of the NHS
A Patient-Led Health Service? Choice, Equity and the Supplier Market
Meeting Long-term Health and Social Care Needs in the Community
Looking to the Future

Health Beyond Policy

This is an excellent textbook as we are lacking critical textbooks at present for the Level 4 & 5s.

Ms Dilva Porter
CHYPPE, University Campus Suffolk
April 19, 2011

Important text to give overview of the context in which health policy has developed and is delivered

Ms Diane Galpin
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
December 15, 2010

This is a good introductory text. As the title suggests the author takes a critical approach and policy is placed in its historical/political context. Key concepts are highlighted and defined, as well as extensive further reading. This is a very helpful text for undergraduate and post graduate students who are trying to get to grips with the health policy agenda.

Dr Anne Arber
Division of Health and Social Care, Surrey University
September 7, 2010

Easy to read, authoratative text. Very current in focus and content

Mrs Anne Fenech
Health Sciences, Southampton University
June 15, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction PDF

PDF of Chapter One

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