Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity

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University of California Press, Apr 11, 2005 - Business & Economics - 247 pages
Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why more than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care. Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men and women and dozens of medical providers, policymakers, and advocates from around the nation, this book takes a fresh look at one of the most important social issues facing the United States today. The vivid and moving stories of those interviewed illustrate the complicated dilemmas—including full-time family caregiving, sudden illness, self-employment, layoffs, and on-the-job injuries—faced by those trying to balance medical problems with housing costs and other daily necessities. This engrossing, accessible, and timely book concludes that our current health care system is leading to fundamental structural changes in American society.
 

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Contents

From Working Class to Working Poor The Death of Industry in Americas Heartland
21
Medicaid Welfare Reform and LowWage Work in the New Economy
40
Family Matters Divorce and Domestic Violence
57
Who Cares for the Caregivers? Love as a Portal into the Death Spiral
72
The Fox Guarding the Henhouse WorkRelated Injuries and the Vagaries of Workers Compensation
86
Risky Business The SelfEmployed Small Business Owners and Other American Entrepreneurs
107
Young Sick and PartTime The Vulnerability of Youth and the New American Job Market
122
Mental Health Matters A Mexican Immigrant Hits the Bureaucratic Wall
140
Descent through the Death Spiral
163
Moving Forward
184
Primer on the US Health Care System and the Safety Net
195
Resources for Health Care
205
NOTES
207
BIBLIOGRAPHY
217
INDEX
233
Copyright

Race Matters Health Care Stories from Black America
152

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Susan Starr Sered is Senior Research Associate at Suffolk University's
Center for Women's Health and Human Rights, and former Research Director at
Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions. She is a
medical anthropologist and the author of numerous articles and books,
including Religion and Healing in America (2004), and What Makes Women Sick?
Militarism, Maternity and Modesty in Israeli Society
(2000). Rushika Fernandopulle is a physician who serves on the clinical staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He was the first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, and is the author of a number of books and articles, including Footsteps: Profiles of Forty Remarkable Health Care Leaders (2005), and Health Care Policy Explained (1995).

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