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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Comparative Health Policy

Edition 3rd Edition
ISBN 9781137096692
Publication Date April 2010
Formats Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This wide-ranging text assesses the extent to which policy problems and responses in different countries have common causes or spring from specific national circumstances. This fully revised third edition includes details of reforms in Germany and the Netherlands, more examples from Asia, and boxed histories of the health systems covered.

ROBERT H. BLANK is Research Scholar, New College, Sarasota, Florida, USA and visiting Professor at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He has published over thirty books in health and biomedical policy.

VIOLA BURAU is Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Aarhus, Denmark. She has written on a range of topics, including the policies and politics of health, the governance of old age care and professions in the welfare state.

Comparative Health Policy: An Introduction
The Context of Health Care
Funding, Provision and Governance
Setting Priorities and Allocating Resources
The Medical Profession
Beyond the Hospital: Care in the Home
Public Health
Understanding Health Policy Comparatively


Reviews of previous editions:
'This book is very rich in information and analysis...can be recommended to health policy makers and researchers.' - Pim de Graaf, International Journal of Integrated Care
'An excellent introductory text for a complex and changing subject which effectively shows how the forces of convergence in health and medical care policies are balanced against the national sources of continuing differences in how health care is delivered, financed, regulated, and evaluated.' - Ted Marmor, Professor of Public Policy& Management, Yale School of Management and Professor of Political Science, Yale University, USA
'[An] admirable book...thorough, yet readable...provides a comprehensive map on which specific health policies in individual countries can be located.' - Stephen Thornton, Health Service Journal
'This is an accessible and informative book...which should be read by anyone interested or involved in health policy development, delivery and analysis and those engaged in any type of comparative analysis.' - Sara Burke, Journal of Social Policy
'[An] excellent introductory textbook on advanced country comparative health systems and policy...It is a genuinely comparative text, not simply, like many, a country-by-country collection of case studies...The authors deal very well with the important issues...[and] utilise a remarkable number of countries to exemplify their points.' - Edwin Griggs, Political Studies Review
'The book is well written and has some excellent features including demographic data...and a long and useful index, glossary, guide to further reading and websites and index. Policy makers as well as academics will all find something of interest in this book.' - Professor Anthea Tinker, Social Research Association News
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