Public Policy And The Black Hospital

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This study adds to the small but growing literature on Black health history—the rise of hospital care and hospital services provided to Blacks from the antebellum era to the integration era, a period of some 150 years. The work examines the political, policy, legal, and philanthropic forces that helped to define the rise, development, and decline of Black hospitals in the United States. Particular discussion is given to the federal Hill-Burton Act of 1946 and the extent to which the legislation impacted Black ...

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Overview

This study adds to the small but growing literature on Black health history—the rise of hospital care and hospital services provided to Blacks from the antebellum era to the integration era, a period of some 150 years. The work examines the political, policy, legal, and philanthropic forces that helped to define the rise, development, and decline of Black hospitals in the United States. Particular discussion is given to the federal Hill-Burton Act of 1946 and the extent to which the legislation impacted Black hospital development. The roles of the Freedman's Bureau, National Medical Association, National Hospital Association, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in the development of Black hospitals is highlighted.

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An account of black hospitals which traces medical care for African Americans from slavery, the Freedmen's Bureau, and the black hospital movement, to the Hill-Burton Act and the decline of black hospitals after integration and the Medicare-Medicaid programs. One chapter provides a description of some black hospitals and a short (two-page) section relates the tragic effects of the refusal of segregated white hospitals to admit African American patients. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

MITCHELL F. RICE is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Louisiana State University.

WOODROW JONES, JR. is Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University. Together, they edited Contemporary Public Policy Perspectives and Black Americans (Greenwood, 1984), in addition to other works.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Black Hospital Care from the Plantation Era through Post-Reconstruction

The Black Hospital: The Need for Hospitals, Training Clinics, and Medical Schools

Descriptions of Selected Black Hospitals

The Hill-Burton Act and Black Hospitals

The Decline of the Black Hospital and Contemporary Public Policy

Appendix: Black Hospitals in the U.S. (By State)

Index

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