Health Policy in a Time of Crisis is a vivid ethnographic account of women and providers navigating the Catalan health care system to access and provide publicly funded abortion care in the context of the recent global economic crisis and policy changes affecting abortion legality. Situating this access in the landscape of austerity and related threats to recently liberalized abortion laws, the book examines the true level of access available to women. Disparities in access between immigrant and non-immigrant women are examined, as well as the diverse approaches adopted to overcome obstacles to abortion care. Accounts from both abortion providers and women are contextualized by richly grounded analysis that asks what these accounts reveal about health care systems during periods of economic crisis and disagreement over reproductive governance. The result is both an important ethnographic case study and a compelling account of some women's determination to go to any length to get the health care they need. Engagingly written, Health Policy in a Time of Crisis will make compelling reading for both scholars and students in the fields of public health, gender studies, and anthropology. It will also be of interest to the general reader concerned with the politics of abortion and public health.'
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A unique manual for managers in health care facilities, this volume contains model policies and procedures found through experience to be useful in helping managers manage their work force while at the same time enhancing the employee relations atmosphere. The policies and procedures are designed so that they can be incorporated into company personnel policy manuals as is or modified and adapted to meet the needs of individual organizations. Included are guidelines for promoting fairness and consistency, as well as those aimed at enhancing employee morale and effectiveness. Throughout, the authors have written the manual with a view toward preventing potential legal problems before they begin. The volume begins with a section explaining how to use the various sections of the manual, how to customize where necessary to reflect organizational goals, how to develop an employee handbook, and how to add additional information such as organization history and structure. There follow comprehensive sections that deal with virtually every aspect of employment policies, wages and overtime, benefits policies, the employee and his or her job, employee conduct, and safety and security. Included are policies to deal with such increasingly difficult problems as drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual harassment and discrimination, terminations and layoffs, insurance, and employment of minors as well as basic employment policies ranging from recruitment and hiring to vacations and sick leaves.
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