David A. Rochefort and Kevin P. Donnelly. Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care. New York: Routledge, 2012. 106 pp. $9.95 paper.
David Rochefort and Kevin Donnelly have produced a concise guide to the policy process for health reform using the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2012 (PPACA) as their entrée into that sometimes enigmatic and often frustrating world of health policy and politics. The book is part of a series dedicated to framing disparate social issues and presenting them in accessible, debatable, and ultimately teachable formats. The series is targeted at undergraduates and, in this case, novices in health policy. But Rochefort and Donnelly contend that Foreign Remedies will be of interest to anyone new to health policy issues. They substantiate this contention in three ways. First, their writing is clear, direct, and well organized. Second, they provide a largely nonbiased presentation of health policy, politics, and health care reform. Third, they offer realistic and usable end-of-chapter questions for discussion and debate. Foreign Remedies provides a solid foundation for understanding health policy and politics.
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