Health Care & Public Policy: An Australian Analysis by George R. Palmer

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Policy analysis may usefully entail no more than an appraisal of the coherence, consistency and underlying logic of the published policy statements. Elaborate empirical or statistical analysis may not be required in order to demonstrate that the policies are muddled, lack clear objectives, and contain elements that are logically inconsistent. Theoretical analysis may reveal that the intended outcomes of the policy are unlikely to be achieved because key causal factors have been ignored, or because the underlying theory on which the policy is based can be demonstrated to be fallacious.

The community indicates those people who are not part of the health care system because they are not aware of any illness problem. Of course, some of these individuals will have diseases that have not as yet manifested symptoms. For this reason one arrow indicates people in this category dying without having come into contact with the health care system. 2 Health Policy Analysis Introduction The examination of Australia's health care system in Chapter I revealed that two of the most important health policy issues are the appropriate roles for public and private interests, and for the different levels of government.

The Political Market for Health Policies The role of government in health policy, and the sources of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various interest groups are given much more emphasis in the approach adopted by Marmor and others (Marmor and Christianson, 1982). Marmor describes health care policies as 'political goods', which are traded in a political market place for votes and financial support. Governments supply, at varying costs, health care policies that affect both individual consumers and those organised as interest groups.

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