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Uninsured in America : life and death in the land of opportunity /
Susan Starr Sered and Rushika Fernandopulle.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005.
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xxiii, 247 p.
ISBN
0520244427 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2005.
isbn
0520244427 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5363104
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Rushika Fernandopulle is Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement.
Excerpts
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"This important work gives a voice to some of the 44 million Americans who are at the center of the debate over coverage for the uninsured in this country. While there is much discussion of how to address this crisis, these individuals tell us why we must solve this problem: the costs and consequences of living without health insurance are dire."--Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of the Commonwealth Fund "A vivid, indignant, and important book, and it does one thing better than any other before: Uninsured makes the abandoned millions visible again. Read it. You will not see the people at a subway stop, behind a cash register, or in your government the same way again."--Atul Gawande, M.D., author of Complications "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 " Uninsured is both compassionate and insightful. Necessary reading for all policy makers and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how our health care system must be reformed. " --Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves
Flap Copy
"This important work gives a voice to some of the 44 million Americans who are at the center of the debate over coverage for the uninsured in this country. While there is much discussion of how to address this crisis, these individuals tell us why we must solve this problem: the costs and consequences of living without health insurance are dire."--Karen Davis, Ph.D., President of the Commonwealth Fund "A vivid, indignant, and important book, and it does one thing better than any other before:Uninsuredmakes the abandoned millions visible again. Read it. You will not see the people at a subway stop, behind a cash register, or in your government the same way again."--Atul Gawande, M.D., author ofComplications "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 "Uninsuredis both compassionate and insightful. Necessary reading for all policy makers and anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how our health care system must be reformed. " --Judy Norsigian, Executive Director,Our Bodies Ourselves
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-11-01:
Sered (Suffolk Univ.) and Fernandopulle (Harvard) offer a passionate reminder of the human costs of a health insurance system closely linked with employment. The book has a compelling structure. The authors begin each chapter with vivid stories of the suffering of uninsured Americans from across the country to illustrate deficiencies in US health insurance. The stories give faces to the uninsured, and demonstrate how lack of insurance can have a spiraling effect that leads to poverty. The chapters on work-related injuries and on caregivers skillfully blend tales of human courage and a health care bureaucracy that in effect punishes many on whom society depends. The brief final chapter, "Moving Forward," presents principles for changing the health insurance system to meet the needs of uninsured individuals such as those the authors interviewed. Unfortunately, many of the arguments that follow the stories are presented without documentation, as if supported by conjecture rather than evidence. The usefulness of the eight pages of endnotes and extensive bibliography is limited in that sources are not directly linked to information given in the text. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers. M. D. Lagerwey Western Michigan University
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Summaries
Long 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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men & women, & with dozens of medical providers, policymakers, & advocates, this book offers fresh look at the biggest problem facing the US healthcare system: the many people who 'fall through the cracks'.
Unpaid Annotation
This is a devastating portrait of the decline of health care in the country, told through the stories of various people's lives.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: Loretta and Greg's Storyp. xv
Introduction: The Death Spiralp. 1
From Working Class to Working Poor: The Death of Industry in America's Heartlandp. 21
Medicaid, Welfare Reform, and Low-Wage Work in the New Economyp. 40
Family Matters: Divorce and Domestic Violencep. 57
Who Cares for the Caregivers? Love as a Portal into the Death Spiralp. 72
The Fox Guarding the Henhouse: Work-Related Injuries and the Vagaries of Workers' Compensationp. 86
Risky Business: The Self-Employed, Small Business Owners, and Other American Entrepreneursp. 107
Young, Sick, and Part-Time: The Vulnerability of Youth and the New American Job Marketp. 122
Mental Health Matters: A Mexican Immigrant Hits the Bureaucratic Wallp. 140
Race Matters: Health Care Stories from Black Americap. 152
Descent through the Death Spiralp. 163
Moving Forwardp. 184
A Primer on the U.S. Health Care System and the Safety Netp. 195
Resources for Health Carep. 205
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 233
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