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The Health Care Policy Process



May 1996 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.
 
PART ONE: WHAT ARE HEALTH POLICIES AND HOW ARE THEY MADE?
 
Why Study Health Policy?
 
What Does Health Care Do for Society?
 
The Policy Process
 
PART TWO: STUDYING HEALTH CARE POLICIES
 
Approaches to Policy Studies
 
Designing a Policy Study
 
Techniques and Methods for Policy Studies
 
PART THREE: ANALYZING HEALTH CARE POLICIES
 
Introduction
 
Power
 
Professionalism and Bureaucracy
 
PART FOUR: KEY ISSUES IN HEALTH POLICY
 
Introduction
 
Poverty
 
Equity
 
Development
 
Aid and the Health Sector
 
Privatization within the Health Sector
 
PART FIVE: CAN THE STUDY OF HEALTH POLICY IMPROVE THE PROCESS?
 
Developing Health Policy

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