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Describes how Medicaid & Medicare works/hosp. financing in the inner city/organ transplants.
Posted December 11, 2002
Laurie Abraham, an investigative writer for the "Chicago Reporter," reveals the impact of socioeconomics on the ability to access healthcare benefits in the Unites States. The allocation of healthcare in the United States is based upon who can pay for it, whether through ones own resources or by insurance benefits. Those who cannot pay for health insurance and are without resources of their own to pay for health care are left to rely upon the hotpotch of health care provided through federal and state medicaid programs. Abraham's study of the Banes family chronicles the harships, disappointments, and resignation that the Banes experiences while attempting to access healthcare in their impoverished Chicago neighborhood, North Lawndale. Robert Banes, the father and husband, did not recieve reliable, steady coverage until his kidneys failed. His brother in law, Tommy Markham, could not recieve reliable medical care until AFTER he suffered a debilitating stroke caused by uncontrolled high blood pressure. These are just a few examples of the difficulty the "poor" experienced in trying to access basic healthcare in the late 1980's and throughout the 1990's. Ironically, as Abraham points out, the United States, one of the wealthiest of all industrialized nations, is only one of two industrialized nations that does not provide at least basic healthcare to all citizens. Health care access is contingent upon wealth, not need; a fact that is desturbing, at least.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.