Researching Health Care Reform

There is a plethora of information regarding the recently enacted health care reform legislation. Much of that information is in the form of documents, bills, news reports, magazine articles, and web sites. In time, we can expect to see more reflective and more analytical academic research articles.

The Wikipedia article on Health care reform in the United States is an excellent starting point for learning the background, issues, and time table surrounding the topic. The article includes an extensive bibliography as well as external links to many reputable resources.

Naturally the government has posted a great deal of information on the subject. Of particular interest is the site managed by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of H. R. 4872, Reconciliation Act of 2010, and the text of the legislation including summaries, hearings and congressional actions available at the Library of Congress Thomas site.

Major news media have web pages devoted to health care reform include Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, and Reuters. Organizations providing health care sites include Kaiser Family Foundation from the left and CATO from the right.

Searching Milne Library’s databases will uncover numerous articles and studies. PubMed provides access to the medical literature, ABI/INFORM covers business resources, ProQuest National Newspapers includes 30 national newspapers, while Academic Search Complete is a broad multidisciplinary database.

As always, students are encourage to schedule a Research Consultation with a librarian if they need additional assistance.

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