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What makes a good healthcare system? [electronic resource] : comparisons, values, drivers /
Alan Gillies.
imprint
Abingdon, U.K. : Radcliffe Medical Press, c2003.
description
viii, 213 p. : ill.
ISBN
1857759214, 9781857759211
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imprint
Abingdon, U.K. : Radcliffe Medical Press, c2003.
isbn
1857759214
9781857759211
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8531753
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-206) and index.
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This text examines the varied assumptions that underpin different views of what makes a good health care system and compares three national systems from the UK, Australia and Canada.
Long Description
What Makes a Good Health Care System? examines the various assumptions that underpin the different views of what makes a good health care system. The national systems in the UK, Australia and Canada are thoroughly examined. Each country has a different view of what a good health care system is trying to achieve, and the book elucidates these by highlighting key policy documents and comments from key stakeholders. Case studies emphasise the diverse needs and expectations of individuals, examining and comparing concepts of health needs, quality as a measure of 'good-ness' and the various ideas on Gold Standards. This book will be valuable reading for all healthcare managers and clinicians with management responsibilities, as well as policy makers and shapers and all those with a general interest in health.
Main Description
What Makes a Good Healthcare System? examines the various assumptions that underpin the different views of what makes a good healthcare system. The national systems in the UK, Australia and Canada are thoroughly examined. Each country has a different view of what a good healthcare system is trying to achieve, and the book elucidates these by highlighting key policy documents and comments from key stakeholders. Case studies emphasise the diverse needs and expectations of individuals, examining and comparing concepts of health needs, quality as a measure of 'good-ness' and the various ideas on Gold Standards. This book is valuable reading for all healthcare managers and clinicians with management responsibilities, as well as policy makers and shapers and all those with a general interest in health. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Acronyms and abbreviationsp. vii
People in their daily livesp. 1
About this bookp. 1
Health needsp. 2
Quality as a measure of 'goodness'p. 4
The idea of a gold standardp. 5
People meet the healthcare system: two case studiesp. 9
Daphne has a babyp. 9
Discussion from this case studyp. 11
Harold gets his hip operationp. 13
Discussion from this case studyp. 14
What is a good healthcare system?p. 17
Introductionp. 17
Health or illness?p. 18
Health or healthcare?p. 20
Health as quality of lifep. 21
A model of a healthcare systemp. 22
Using the model to analyse healthcare systemsp. 25
Backgroundp. 25
Discerning valuesp. 26
Our classification framework for valuesp. 27
A framework of valuesp. 30
Discerning driversp. 32
Values underpinning policy developmentp. 33
The UKp. 33
Australiap. 38
Canadap. 46
Conclusionsp. 52
What is the reality in the UK?p. 53
Historical developmentp. 53
The current situation viewed from an international perspectivep. 56
What the people sayp. 61
Conclusionsp. 71
What is the reality in Australia?p. 73
Historical developmentp. 73
The current situationp. 74
What the people sayp. 83
Conclusionsp. 100
What is the reality in Canada?p. 103
Historical developmentp. 103
What the people sayp. 111
Conclusionsp. 128
Driver 1: financep. 131
Financing health: an overviewp. 131
How finance has driven policy in the UKp. 133
How finance has driven policy in Canadap. 143
How finance has driven policy in Australiap. 151
Discussionp. 152
Driver 2: scandalsp. 155
Introductionp. 155
Scandals in the UKp. 155
Scandals in Canadap. 167
Scandals in Australiap. 173
What are the common factors and lessons from these incidents?p. 177
Have they influenced policy and practice?p. 179
Driver 3: ideologyp. 183
How ideology has driven policy in the UKp. 183
How ideology has driven policy in Canadap. 186
How ideology has driven policy in Australiap. 188
Conclusionsp. 189
So what is a good healthcare system?p. 193
The answerp. 193
The realityp. 194
How well are the systems providing the basics?p. 194
How well would the different systems meet the individual expectations and needs?p. 195
What does our analysis tell us about the general characteristics of a good healthcare system?p. 195
A personal conclusionp. 199
References and further informationp. 201
Indexp. 207
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