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Our Unsystematic Health Care System

By (author) Grace Budrys
Format: Book
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN-10: 0585382980
ISBN-13: 9780585382982
Barcode No: 9780585382982
Designed for the sociology of medicine and public health, community medicine, and health care delivery courses, this vivid and accessible textbook explores the most important current debates about health care in American society. Budrys introduces novice readers to functionalist and conflict perspectives, offering integrated approaches to explain and analyze the structure of our rapidly changing system of health care delivery. Inequality, power, access, and the changing political and policy environment are given special attention. The book is written in an informal conversational style that will appeal to students and lay readers alike.

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An excellent overview of the U.S. health care system. Grace Budrys has produced a very useful guide to a system that can be very difficult to understand. In straightforward language, and with gripping case examples, Budrys analyzes a wide range of important issues, including managed care, the division of labor in health care, insurance and lack of insurance, and alternative medicine. The comparisons with other countries' systems are enlightening. This book will be helpful for people already familiar with the problems and prospects of U.S. health care, and also for those who are just beginning to study these issues.--Howard Waitzkin, author of The Second Sickness: Contradictions in Capitalist Health Care