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Why Truth Matters: The Role of Health Statistics in Health Policy

Judith Feder and Larry Levitt

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0011
Why Truth Matters: The Role of Health Statistics in Health Policy

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This chapter examines the role of statistical analysis in health reform, or the making of the nation's policies on health insurance coverage. It begins with an overview of the policy process in general, describing three critical stages: identifying the policy problem, analyzing possible solutions, and debating and deciding on political action. Following a brief discussion of the meaning of health reform and the policy and political process affecting it in the past decade, the chapter describes the role of data and statistics in each phase of the process. It concludes with lessons from that experience for collection and analysis of statistics and the scholars and analysts who undertake it.

Keywords: health insurance; policy problem; health policies; statistical analysis; health care reform; health insurance coverage

Chapter.  8154 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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