Health Care: A Right or a Privilege?

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Many people believe that the United States provides the best health care in the world. Others believe that is no longer the case. Almost everyone believes that too many people are now uninsured or underinsured, but there is great disagreement on how to fix the situation. Should health-care insurance be voluntary, or provided universally? If the latter, who will pay, and who should pay? It all comes down to the question raised by this book: Health Care: A Right or a privilege?

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Overview

Many people believe that the United States provides the best health care in the world. Others believe that is no longer the case. Almost everyone believes that too many people are now uninsured or underinsured, but there is great disagreement on how to fix the situation. Should health-care insurance be voluntary, or provided universally? If the latter, who will pay, and who should pay? It all comes down to the question raised by this book: Health Care: A Right or a privilege?

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Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
An overview of healthcare issues is provided in clear, concise text with occasional full-color photos in this title, which is one in the publisher's "Controversy!" series. Healthcare issues are often confusing for adults, much less adolescents. Chapter by chapter, the author does an excellent job of presenting information in accessible language that is relevant to the intended audience. Some of the topics include providing and paying for healthcare, regulating healthcare, inefficiency and inequity, politics and US healthcare and healthcare services worldwide. Readers learn that the United States "has the world's most expensive health care system by a wide margin." A simple chart describes the World Health Organization's rank of designated nations and the percentage of their gross national product spent on healthcare. Other features provide case studies (for example, improving asthma treatments, penicillin—the first miracle drug, and the thalidomide tragedy) and statistical data. Prescription drugs, managed care, long-term care, the uninsured and many other timely topics are covered. At the outset, key healthcare terms are defined. Chapter notes, a bibliography, an index, and places to go for further information are provided at the back of the book. Healthcare is one of the few sectors where jobs are growing. Consequently, this title is likely to be of interest to many middle and high school students. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
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Gr 7–9—The title of this series is deceptive when it comes to these two entries. Naden does a solid job of presenting various aspects of the health-care debate and offers a readable general account for the uninitiated on how health care is provided in both the U.S. and abroad. However, Perl leans heavily on one side of the immigration debate and focuses on the current and past abuses of immigrants around the world. Neither book offers much by way of debating the issue; instead, they give an account of the state of health care and immigration in the United States. Both books are heavily referenced, and source notes are appended. Illustrations, though, are at a minimum. If books on the actual points of debate are needed, see Greenhaven's "Opposing Viewpoints" titles. Additional purchases.—Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761442318
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Controversy! Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 Who provides Health Care? 7

2 Who pays for Health Care? 30

3 Who Regulates Health Care? 49

4 The Big problems: Inefficiency and Inequity 63

5 U.S. Health Care and Politics 78

6 Health-Care Services Worldwide 90

7 Where Are We Going? 106

Notes 116

Further Information 120

Bibliography 121

Index 123

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