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An Introduction to Health Policy

A Primer for Physicians and Medical Students

  • Manish K. Sethi
  • William H. Frist

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Understanding the Basics I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kevin J. Bozic, Benedict U. Nwachukwu
      Pages 15-25
    3. Vasanth Sathiyakumar, Jordan C. Apfeld, Manish K. Sethi
      Pages 27-36
    4. David Polakoff, Audrey Smolkin
      Pages 37-52
    5. Jason D. Keune, Bruce Lee Hall
      Pages 53-68
  3. Understanding the Basics II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Heather A. Smith
      Pages 71-81
    3. Michael Hochman, Danny McCormick
      Pages 83-92
    4. Emily R. Maxson, Sachin H. Jain
      Pages 93-99
    5. Phillip A. Choi, Walid F. Gellad
      Pages 101-118
    6. Neil M. Issar, Manish K. Sethi
      Pages 119-132
    7. David A. Rosman, Jordan C. Apfeld
      Pages 133-150
  4. Understanding Systems of Health Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Benjamin S. Hooe, Perrin T. Considine, Manish K. Sethi
      Pages 169-178
    3. Sachin H. Jain, Elaine Besancon
      Pages 179-187
  5. Understanding the Politics in Health Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189

About this book


With healthcare expenditures in the United States currently totaling over $3.1 trillion and the prospect that this spending will continue to increase exponentially over the next several years, an appreciation of the evolution of healthcare policy in the United States and the subsequent changes that are expected to occur in the delivery and financing of these services is critical for those in the healthcare field. An Introduction to Health Policy: A Primer for Physicians and Medical Students is the first book of its kind written by physician leaders in health policy across the United States to aid doctors and students in developing an understanding of  the key issues that have shaped health policy and the transformative nature of these changes on healthcare delivery in America.


The book includes coverage of these topics:

· Historical context in which healthcare evolved in the 20th century

· Origins of Medicare and Medicaid and the challenges facing these programs

· Understanding quality and cost in health policy

· The benefits and challenges of health information technology

· The economics of healthcare

· Proposed models for payment reform

· International systems of care and consumer-driven healthcare

· Understanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act




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Editors and affiliations

  • Manish K. Sethi
    • 1
  • William H. Frist
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilit Division of TraumaVanderbilt University Medical Center Orthopaedic SurgeryNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt School of Medicine Department of Cardiac SurgeryNashvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Introduction to Health Policy
  • Book Subtitle A Primer for Physicians and Medical Students
  • Editors Manish K. Sethi
    William H. Frist
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-7734-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-7735-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 259
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
    Health Administration
    Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“This book provides a general description of healthcare, the healthcare system, and the evolution of healthcare policy. … The audience … include health professionals and their students, including health policy students. … It is meant to be a primer and … comprehensive book, thus having appeal for busy students and physicians.” (Carole Ann Kenner, Doody’s Book Reviews, October, 2013)