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Ensuring America's Health.

Ensuring America's Health

Christy Ford Chapin

Cambridge University Press

32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013-2473

9781107044883, $113.00, HC, 369pp,

"Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System" by Christy Ford Chapin (University of Maryland) explains why the US health care system offers world-class medical services to some patients but is also exceedingly costly with fragmented care, poor distribution, and increasingly bureaucratized processes. Based on exhaustive historical research, this comprehensive study deftly traces how public and private power merged to favor a distinctive economic model that places insurance companies at the center of the system, where they both finance and oversee medical care. Although the insurance company model was created during the 1930s, it continues to drive health care cost and quality problems today. An impressively wide-ranging work that not only evaluates the overarching political and economic framework of the medical system but also provides rich narrative detail, examining the political dramas, corporate maneuvering, and forceful personalities that created American health care as we know it, "Ensuring America's Health" breaks new ground in the fields of health care history, organizational studies, and American political economy. An impressive work of original and seminal scholarship, "Ensuring America's Health" is enhanced with the inclusion of ninety-two pages of Notes, and a seventeen page Index. While unreservedly recommended as an essential addition to both community and academic library Contemporary Social Issues collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, policy makers, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Ensuring America's Health" is also available in a paperback edition (9781107622876, $32.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $31.34).

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Title Annotation:Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2017
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