December 10, 2007
Sidney Watson Publishes Review of Two Books on Medicaid and "Charity" Care in America
In December 2007, Professor Sidney Watson (St. Louis) published a law review article that contains reviews of two recently published books - Jonathan Engel's Poor People's Medicine: Medicaid and American Charity Care Since 1965 (Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, 2006) and Ronald J. Angel's Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis (New York, NY: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006). Here is the introductory paragraph of the article:
Two new books examine Medicaid--one from a historical perspective and the other through a socioanthropological lens. Poor People's Medicine offers the view from the top: a history of Medicaid and charity care that focuses primarily on national policy developments. Poor Families in America's Health Care Crisis offers the view from the bottom: ethnographic interviews of poor families who discuss Medicaid and charity care from their vantage point at the bottom of the economy. Both books acknowledge Medicaid's many successes in improving access to medical care and the health status of America's poor, yet each reveals how America's deep and long-standing ambivalence toward the poor has produced a deeply flawed Medicaid program.
To see the full article, go to Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law at 32 J. Health Pol. Pol'y & L. 1053.
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