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Health Care for Some

Rights and Rationing in the United States Since 1930
Hoffman, Beatrix Rebecca (Book - 2012)
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In Health Care for Some , Beatrix Hoffman offers an engaging and in-depth look at America's long tradition of unequal access to health care. She argues that two main features have characterized the US health system: a refusal to adopt a right to care and a particularly American approach to the rationing of care. Health Care for Some shows that the haphazard way the US system allocates medical services--using income, race, region, insurance coverage, and many other factors--is a disorganized, illogical, and powerful form of rationing. And unlike rationing in most countries, which is intended to keep costs down, rationing in the United States has actually led to increased costs, resulting in the most expensive health care system in the world. While most histories of US health care emphasize failed policy reforms, Health Care for Some looks at the system from the ground up in order to examine how rationing is experienced by ordinary Americans and how experiences of rationing have led to claims for a right to health care. By taking this approach, Hoffman puts a much-needed human face on a topic that is too often dominated by talking heads.
Authors: Hoffman, Beatrix Rebecca
Title: Health care for some
rights and rationing in the United States since 1930
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2012
Characteristics: xxxv, 319 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Beatrix Hoffman
Contents: Prologue : rights and rationing before 1930
The struggle for health care in the Great Depression. A crisis of access ; Social security without health security
Prosperity and exclusion, 1941-64. Health care at war ; Rights to refuse : the triumph of the hospital ; Rationing by coverage : the rise of private health insurance
New entitlements and new movements, 1965-80. Entitlements but not rights : Medicare and Medicaid ; The rise of health care activism
Rights vs. markets, 1981-2008. Emergency rooms and epidemics ; At the breaking point
Epilogue : rights, rationing, and reform
ISBN: 0226348032
9780226348032
Branch Call Number: 362.1 H6991h 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Health care rationing United States History Health services accessibility United States History Right to health United States History
Topical Term: Health care rationing
Health services accessibility
Right to health
LCCN: 2012000338
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This book gives a critical look at the history and causes of unequal access to healthcare in the U.S., and puts a human face on the people who have been affected by access (or lack of it) over the years.


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