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The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

by T.R. Reid

A New York Times Bestseller

With an Explanation of the 2010 Health Reform Bill

Bringing to bear his talent for explaining complex issues in a clear, engaging way, New York Times bestselling author T. R....


Understanding Global Health

by William Markle & Melanie Fisher

The rapidly evolving world of global health and medicine-in the palm of your hand

Understanding Global Health is the groundbreaking, go-to primer that puts global health and its many challenges into sharp focus...


Demand Patterns in France, Germany, and Belgium : Can We Explain the Differences?

by Igor Lebrun & Esther Pérez Ruiz

The need to revive Euro area growth highlights the importance of the evolution of domestic and external demand in the core. This paper puts recent demand patterns in France, Germany, and Belgium into historical...


Debating Human Genetics

by Alexandra Plows

This book examines contemporary public debate on emerging developments in medical genetics, including cloning, gene therapy, gene patenting, biobanks, genetic testing and screening, and pharmacogenomics.


Health Spending in Japan : Macro-Fiscal Implications and Reform Options

by Masahiro Nozaki & Kenichiro Kashiwase

Health spending has risen rapidly in Japan. We find two-thirds of the spending increase over 1990–2011 resulted from ageing, and the rest from excess cost growth. The spending level will rise further: ageing...


Medical Technology in Japan: The Politics of Regulation

by Christa Altenstetter

Compared to its American and European counterparts, Japan lags in adopting innovative medical devices and making new treatments and procedures available to its patients. Christa Altenstetter examines the...


Health Policy Reform in China: A Comparative Perspective

by Jiwei Qian & Åke Blomqvist

Most of the existing literature on health system reform in China deals with only one part of the reform process (for example, financing reform in rural areas, or the new system of purchasing pharmaceuticals),...


Moving Toward Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options

by Aparnaa Somanathan & Ajay Tandon

Over the past two decades Vietnam has made enormous progress towards achieving universal coverage (UC) for its population. Significant challenges remain, however, in terms of improving equity with continuing...


Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange, and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948

Maternal Transition: The Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth in North-South Comparative Perspective: A North-South Politics of Pregnancy a

by Candace Johnson

What are the political dimensions that are revealed in women's preferences for health care during pregnancy and childbirth? The answers to this question vary from one community to the next, and often from woman...


Analyzing Markets for Health Workers: Insights from Labor and Health Economics

by Barbara McPake & Anthony Scott

This publication is part of the Bank's multiyear program to enhance its knowledge of HRH policies. The program's ultimate objective is to strengthen knowledge and capacity to collect evidence, analyze, and evaluate...


The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa

The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa

Fresh Medicine: How to Fix Reform and Build a Sustainable Health Care System

by Phil Bredesen

Last spring, after congress passed sweeping legislation to reform our nation’s health care system, the editorial board of the New York Times wrote: “Just as Social Security grew from a modest start in 1935...


The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care

by Jack Cochran & Charles C. Kenney

Calming fears, alleviating suffering, enhancing and saving lives—this is what motivates doctors virtually every single day. When the structure and culture in which physicians work are well aligned, being a...


The Economics of Social Capital and Health: A Conceptual and Empirical Roadmap

by Sherman Folland & Lorenzo Rocco

This book defines the field of social capital and health. Over the last two decades, there has been a recognition of the importance of social capital (usually defined as ties in the community, attachment to...


A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine

by MD, Len Saputo & Byron Belitsos

For several decades, a rapidly emerging new medical paradigm--integrative medicine--has supported a renaissance in our understanding of lifelong wellness. In this timely book, Dr. Saputo presents the inspiring...


The Bahamas: Tax Reforms for Increased Buoyancy

by International Monetary Fund. Fisc Dept.

In recent years, the IMF has released a growing number of reports and other documents covering economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after...


21st Century Global Health Diplomacy

by ILONA KICKBUSCH & MICHAELA TOLD

Global health diplomacy begins with a recognition that the most effective international health interventions are carried out with sensitivity to historical, political, social, economic, and cultural differences....


Accountability and Responsibility in Health Care: Issues in Addressing an Emerging Global Challenge

by STEPHEN M SHORTELL & BRUCE ROSEN

Serious scholarly analyses of the types and roles of accountability in health care first appeared in the late 1980s. That issue, along with the related issue of responsibility in health care, has continued to...