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

ISBN-10: 0520244427

ISBN-13: 9780520244429

Edition: 2005

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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/11/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Loretta and Greg's Story
Introduction: The Death Spiral
From Working Class to Working Poor: The Death of Industry in America's Heartland
Medicaid, Welfare Reform, and Low-Wage Work in the New Economy
Family Matters: Divorce and Domestic Violence
Who Cares for the Caregivers? Love as a Portal into the Death Spiral
The Fox Guarding the Henhouse: Work-Related Injuries and the Vagaries of Workers' Compensation
Risky Business: The Self-Employed, Small Business Owners, and Other American Entrepreneurs
Young, Sick, and Part-Time: The Vulnerability of Youth and the New American Job Market
Mental Health Matters: A Mexican Immigrant Hits the Bureaucratic Wall
Race Matters: Health Care Stories from Black America
Descent through the Death Spiral
Moving Forward
A Primer on the U.S. Health Care System and the Safety Net
Resources for Health Care
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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