Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis

ISBN-10: 0521546761

ISBN-13: 9780521546768

Edition: 2006

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Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis examines the implications of the fragmented and two-tiered health insurance system in the United States for the health care access of low-income families. For a large fraction of Americans their jobs do not provide health insurance or other benefits and although government programs are available for children, adults without private health care coverage have few options. Detailed ethnographic and survey data from selected low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio document the lapses in medical coverage that poor families experience and reveal the extent of untreated medical conditions, delayed treatment, medical indebtedness, and irregular health care that women and children suffer as a result. Extensive poverty, the increasing proportion of minority households, and the growing dependence on insecure service sector work all influence access to health care for families at the economic margin.
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Laura Lein is Professor of Social Work and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Preface
The Unrealized Hope of Welfare Reform: Implications for Health Care
The Health Care Welfare State in America
The Tattered Health Care Safety Net for Poor Americans
State Differences in Health Care Policies and Coverage
Work and Health Insurance: A Tenuous Tie for the Working Poor
Confronting the System: Minority Group Identity and Powerlessness
The Nonexistent Safety Net for Parents
Health Care for All Americans
References
Index
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