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Health Care in America Separate and Unequal

ISBN-10: 0765616629

ISBN-13: 9780765616623

Edition: 2009

Authors: Kant Patel, Mark E. Rushefsky

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The American health care system is a unique mix of public and private programs that critics argue has produced a two-tier system--one for the rich and the other for the poor--that delivers dramatically unequal care and leaves millions of Americans seriously underinsured or with no coverage at all.This book examines the root causes of the inequalities of the American health care system and discusses various policy alternatives. It systematically documents the demands on and the performance of our health care system for different population groups as defined on the basis of gender (women), age (children, elderly), race and ethnicity (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans), and residence in high poverty areas (rural and inner city locales).For each population, the book documents:--Historical and demographic profile--Data on health status--Aspects of inequality including access; quality of care; and endemic, cultural, and lifestyle issues affecting health--Policies, laws, and programs relevant to health care--Indicators of improvement or negative trends
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
The American Health Care System: Separate and Unequal
American Democracy and Equality
Inequalities in the American Health Care System
The Plan of this Book
References
African Americans and Heath Care
Access to Health Care
Quality of Health Care Perceptions of the Health Care System
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Conclusions
References
Hispanics and Health Care
Hispanics and Health Status/Outcomes
Access to Health Care
Quality of Care
Perceptions of the Health Care System
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Unauthorized Immigrants and Health Care
Conclusions
References
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Health Care
History of Health Care Policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Health Status/Outcomes
Access to Health Care
Quality of Care
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Conclusions
References
Gender and Health Care
History of Children's Health Care Policy
Health Status/Outcomes
Access to Health Care
Quality of Health Care
Explanation for Health Care Disparities
Conclusions
References
Children and Health Care
History of Children's Health Care Policy
Health Status/Outcomes
Access to Health Care
Quality of Health Care
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Conclusions
References
Elderly and Health Care
The Elderly Population of the United States
History of Health Care Policy for the Elderly
Disparities in Health Status, Acess, and Quality of Care
Health Status/Outcomes
Acess to Health Care
Quality of Health Care
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Conclusion
References
Geography and Health Care
A Health Care Geography
Disparities in Health Status, Access and Quality of Care
Health Status/Outcomes
Access of Health Care
Quality of Care
Possible Explanations for Health Care Disparities
Conclusions
References
Conclusion: Health and Inequality Reconsidered
Explaining Health Care Disparites
Adressing Health Care Disparites
Why Should We Care?
References
Index
About the Authors