Poor People's Medicine: Medicaid and American Charity Care Since 1965 (Paperback)
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Short Description for Poor People's Medicine Presents the history of the development and implementation of Medicaid, from the program's beginning in 1965. This work serves as a useful resource for understanding the evolution and state of programs to deliver health care to America's poor.
- Published: 28 February 2006
- Format: Paperback 336 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780822336952 ISBN 10: 0822336952
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"Poor People's Medicine" is a detailed history of the development and implementation of Medicaid since its beginning in 1965. Federally-aided and state-operated, Medicaid provides medical care to the poorest citizens of the United States. From acute hospitalization to long-term nursing home care, the nation's Medicaid programs pay virtually the entire cost of physician treatment, hospital stays, medical equipment, and prescription pharmaceuticals for the millions of Americans who fall within government-mandated eligibility guidelines. The product of four decades of contention over the role of government in the provision of health care, some of today's Medicaid programs are equal to private health plans in providing coordinated, high-quality medical care, while others continue to provide little more than bare-bones coverage to their impoverished beneficiaries. Starting with a brief overview of the history of charity medical care, Jonathan Engel presents the debates surrounding Medicaid's creation in 1965 and the compromises struck to allow federal funding of the nascent programs. He traces the development of Medicaid through the decades, as various states attempted to both enlarge the programs and more finely tailor them to their intended targets. At the same time, he describes how these new programs affected existing institutions and initiatives such as public hospitals, community clinics, and private pro bono clinical efforts. Along the way, Engel recounts the many political battles waged over Medicaid, particularly in relation to larger discussions about comprehensive health care and social welfare reform. "Poor People's Medicine" is an invaluable resource for understanding the evolution and present state of programs to deliver health care to America's poor.