To Live and Die in America: Class, Power, Health and Health Care

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To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation.

Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson explain this contradictory phenomenon as the product of the unique brand of capitalism that has developed in the US. It is this particular form of capitalism that created both the social and economic conditions that ...

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To Live and Die in America: Class, Power, Health and Healthcare

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Overview

To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation.

Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson explain this contradictory phenomenon as the product of the unique brand of capitalism that has developed in the US. It is this particular form of capitalism that created both the social and economic conditions that largely influence health outcomes and the inefficient, unpopular and inaccessible health care system that is incapable of dealing with them.

The authors argue that improving health in America requires a change in the conditions in which people live and work as well as a restructured health care system.

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"This book should become a classic. It should be read by everyone who feels that power in the United States is very unevenly distributed, not only by gender and race, but primarily by class." – Vicente Navarro, Professor of Health and Public Policy, Editor in Chief of the Jourbanal of International Health Services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745332123
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: Future of World Capitalism Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico Campagna is a writer and activist. He is one of the founders of the journal Through Europe and contributes to a number of magazines and radio programmes in Italy and the UK. He organised the ‘What are we struggling for?' conference at the ICA, London, and is the editor of Franco Berardi Bifo's forthcoming reader._x000B_Emanuele Campiglio is a Researcher at the New Economics Foundation.

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Table of Contents

1: Class, Power, Health and Healthcare
2: The Medical Miracle?
3: To Live and Die in 19th Century America: A Class Based Explanation of the Rise and Fall of Infectious Disease
4: Death in Our Times: The Exceptional Class Context for Chronic Disease in America
5: The Political Economy of US Healthcare: The Medical Industrial Complex
6: Three Easy Lessons

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