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The Challenge to ChangeReforming Health Care on the Front Line in the United States and the United Kingdom

The Challenge to Change: Reforming Health Care on the Front Line in the United States and the United Kingdom

Rebecca Kolins Givan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780801450051
eISBN:
9781501706028
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450051.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

There is constant pressure on hospitals to improve health care delivery and increase cost effectiveness. New initiatives are the order of the day in the dramatically different health care systems of ... More

Cleaning UpHow Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing Is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients

Dan Zuberi

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450723
eISBN:
9780801469824
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450723.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

To cut costs and maximize profits, hospitals in the United States and many other countries are outsourcing such tasks as cleaning and food preparation to private contractors. To examine this ... More

Divining without SeedsThe Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa

Divining without Seeds: The Case for Strengthening Laboratory Medicine in Africa

Iruka N. Okeke

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449413
eISBN:
9780801460906
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449413.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

Infectious disease is the most common cause of illness and death in Africa, yet health practitioners routinely fail to identify causative microorganisms in most patients. As a result, patients often ... More

Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of MedicineHealth Care Fraud and What to Do about It

Phantom Billing, Fake Prescriptions, and the High Cost of Medicine: Health Care Fraud and What to Do about It

Terry L. Leap

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449796
eISBN:
9780801460807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449796.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

U.S. health care is a $2.5 trillion system that accounts for more than 17 percent of the nation's GDP. It is also highly susceptible to fraud. Estimates vary, but some observers believe that as much ... More

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