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What's New In Reference?

A number of new books on health care and public policy have arrived in our reference collectio this spring. Considering the intense political debates around the subject of the U.S. health care system since the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) was passed, these reference books are particularly relevant today.


Kronenfeld, J. J., Parmet, W. E., Zezza, M. A. (eds.) (2012). Debates on U.S. health care. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Dewey Library Reference/RA 395 A3 D433 2012

This book was created in direct response to the uproar surrounding President Obama’s efforts on health care reform and covers a wide variety of topics from philosophical, political, legal, and economic viewpoints. The essays include topics such as the moral significance of health care, economic issues regarding health insurance and the cost of reforming the system, to debates on health care quality and reproductive services. Though the book is more than two years old at this point and therefore does not cover the most recent developments in the health care debate, the information available within will provide a firm foundation for anyone seeking to engage with the conversation.


Oliver, T. R. (ed.) (2014). Guide to U.S. health and health care policy. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press. Dewey Library Reference/RA 395 A3 G85 2014

While the previous book covers the issues and debates surrounding the U.S. health care system, this book, as the title states, is a guide to that system itself. The Guide covers the history and formation of the U.S. health care system and maps out how we ended up where we are today. This book also addresses critical problems still faced by our system today as well as past, present, and future threats to public health outside of the health care system itself. The final section of the book also covers global health issues and the U.S. response to them.


Boslaugh, S. E. (2013). Health care systems around the world. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. Dewey Library Reference/RA 418 B675 2013

Rather than covering philosophical or historical debates on the U.S. health care system, this volume instead brings together information on the health care systems of 193 countries for comparison. The information is divided up into ten basic categories: emergency health services, insurance, cost of hospitalization, access to health care, cost of drugs, health care facilities, major health issues, health care personnel, government role in health care, and public health programs. Rather than seek answers for improvement of these health care systems, this book seeks to be a tool for others to use to make the comparisons necessary to formulate those ideas themselves.


All three of these reference books are excellent resources for anyone seeking information on health care systems, be it history, philosophy, or international comparisons. These books are available on shelf in the reference section in Dewey right now, so stop by and take a look. If you have any questions or want more information on these topics, stop in or contact the reference desk by email at or by phone at (518) 442-3691.

Blog post created by Alex Hoag


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