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Health Care for Some
Author: Beatrix Hoffman

ISBN: 9780226102191
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 7 July 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Description:
The 2010 Affordable Care Act is a sweeping reform to the US health care system. Despite the fact that nearly every other developed country in the world considers health care a right, the passage of the act in the United States was hard fought because of a staunch and vocal opposition to universal health care among many American lawmakers. Why has the United States been so continually divided on this issue? In "Health Care for Some," Beatrix Hoffman offers an explanation in the form of an engaging and in-depth look at America's long tradition of unequal access to health care.
Hoffman argues that two main features have characterized the US health system: a refusal to adopt a right to care and a particularly American type of rationing. "Health Care for Some "shows that the haphazard way the US system allocates medical services--using income, race, region, insurance coverage, and many other factors--is a disorganized, illogical, and powerful form of rationing. And unlike rationing in most countries, which is intended to keep costs down, rationing in the United States has actually led to increased costs, resulting in the most expensive health care sys...

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