No One Was Turned Away: The Role of Public Hospitals in New York City Since 1900 / Edition 1

No One Was Turned Away: The Role of Public Hospitals in New York City Since 1900 / Edition 1

by Sandra Opdycke
     
 

No One Was Turned Away is a book about the importance of public hospitals to New York City. At a time when less and less value seems to be placed on public institutions, argues author Sandra Opdycke, it is both useful and prudent to consider what this particular set of public institutions has meant to this particular city over the last hundred years, and to ponder… See more details below

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No One Was Turned Away is a book about the importance of public hospitals to New York City. At a time when less and less value seems to be placed on public institutions, argues author Sandra Opdycke, it is both useful and prudent to consider what this particular set of public institutions has meant to this particular city over the last hundred years, and to ponder what its loss might mean as well. Opdycke suggests that if these public hospitals close or convert to private management - as is currently being discussed - then a vital element of the civic life of New York City will be irretrievably lost. The story is told primarily through the history of Bellevue Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city and the oldest in the nation. Following Bellevue through the twentieth century, Opdycke meticulously charts the fluctuating fortunes of the city's public hospital system and how medical technology, urban politics, changing immigration patterns, economic booms and busts, labor unions, health insurance, Medicaid, and managed care have interacted to shape both the social and professional environments of New York's public hospitals. Bellevue now faces financial and political pressures so acute that its very future is in doubt. Opdycke's book maintains that public hospitals will be as essential in the future as they have been in the past. This is a thoughtful and well-written study that will appeal to anyone interested in the history of medicine, public policy, urban affairs, or the City of New York.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140590
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1New Century, New Start: 1900-191017
2Maintaining the Mission: 1910-193043
3Help in Time of Trouble: 1930-195071
4Many Voices, Many Claims: 1950-196599
5The Limits of Reform: 1965-1970131
6Holding the Fort: After 1970159
Conclusion193
Notes203
Bibliography225
Index237

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