By Beaufort B. Longest Jr.
The publication collects contemporary articles on significant well-being coverage concerns, besides an advent by means of Longest. themes addressed comprise Medicare, kingdom healthiness reform, the connection among politics and coverage, buyer safety, genetic privateness, and antitrust. moreover, a piece on the finish of the publication summarizes key concerns linked to future health coverage: charges, insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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Increasingly, political competence is important to anyone who wishes to be effectively involved in the nation’s pursuit of health. Within the context of the political marketplace, where public policymaking occurs, many participants seek to further their objectives by inﬂuencing the outcomes of this process. Political competence is an imperative ingredient for success in this arena. This competence entails knowing how and where to exert inﬂuence. It is also based on a thorough knowledge of the complex process through which public policies are formulated, implemented, and modiﬁed.
In 1995, about 300 horizontally integrated hospital systems owned, leased, or managed about half of the nation’s hospitals (Dowling 1995). There are predictions that by the turn of the century only about 5 percent of all hospitals will remain independent (Savage et al. 1997). Horizontal integration is not limited to hospitals, however. Nursing homes, HMOs, physician groups, pharmacies, hospices, and others have also integrated horizontally. During this middle phase in the evolution from fragmentation to integration, the healthcare system’s landscape continued to include numerous independent organizations but there was a growing complement of horizontally linked groups of essentially similar organizations.
But, they also list clean air, safe neighborhoods, and well-paying jobs (Louis Harris and Associates 1996). People think their environments contribute to their health status, and they are right. When people are exposed to harmful agents such as asbestos, excessive noise, ionizing radiation, or toxic chemicals, their health is directly affected. Dangerous exposure possibilities pervade the physical environments of many people. Some of the exposure is through agents such as synthetic compounds that are introduced into the environment as byproducts of technological growth and development.