This updated and revised 5th edition of the highly successful book Health Care and Public Policy: An Australian Analysis, provides a comprehensive analysis of health care and public policy in Australia. It explains what governments have done and what they can do about shaping Australia’s health care system, and considers the political, economic, social and epidemiological contexts within which health policies develop, and the forces that promote and oppose change.
This new edition revises all relevant data and provides a thorough analysis of the major policy shifts and changes since 2010. Recent changes include the commitment of the Commonwealth government to undertake major reforms to the funding and organisation of health services in Australia which were incorporated in the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA) and accepted by all States and Territories in 2011.
Health Care and Public Policy is an invaluable text for students in health administration, health planning, social work and social administration as well as students in all health-related courses and those working in health care, either in policy or service delivery.
• An up-to-date account of Australian health policies and their historical background
• Reviews salient aspects of the policies of Coalition and Labor governments
• Emphasises a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding how policies are developed and implemented
• Covers health insurance, hospitals and other health services, medical practice and technology, the health workforce and public health
• Includes discussion questions, further readings, useful illustrations and websites