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Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity By Susan Sered

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

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The authors paint a devastating portrait of the decline of health care in thecountry, told through the stories of various people's lives.
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Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity by Susan Sered

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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"'The next time someone tells you the United States has 'the best health care system in the world,' ask them to read this powerful, heartbreaking book. Never have the real stories of America's uninsured been told with such clarity and insight." - John E. McDonough, DPH, Health Care For All, Boston"

About Susan Sered


Susan Starr Sered is Research Director of the Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University. She is the author of What Makes Women Sick? Militarism, Maternity and Modesty in Israeli Society (2000) and Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women (1994). Rushika Fernandopulle is Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement and the author of Health Care Policy (1995).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments Prologue: Loretta and Greg's Story Introduction: The Death Spiral 1. From Working Class to Working Poor: The Death of Industry in America's Heartland 2. Medicaid, Welfare Reform, and Low-Wage Work in the New Economy 3. Family Matters: Divorce and Domestic Violence 4. Who Cares for the Caregivers? Love as a Portal into the Death Spiral 5. The Fox Guarding the Henhouse: Work-Related Injuries and the Vagaries of Workers' Compensation 6. Risky Business: The Self-Employed, Small Business Owners, and Other American Entrepreneurs 7. Young, Sick, and Part-Time: The Vulnerability of Youth and the New American Job Market 8. Mental Health Matters: A Mexican Immigrant Hits the Bureaucratic Wall 9. Minority Report: Health Care Stories from Black America

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Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity by Susan Sered
Susan Sered
10. Descent through the Death Spiral 11. Moving Forward Appendix 1: A Primer on the U.S. Health Care System and the Safety Net Appendix 2: Resources for Health Care Notes Bibliography Index
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University of California Press
2005-04-01
270
0520244427
9780520244429
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