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Systemic inequalities in the American health care system : the Latino experience during the H1N1 pandemic

by Triedman, Natalie Knapp

Abstract

Insurance companies and politicians have long asserted that the United States health care system is the best in the world. This fairytale idealizes what is actually a broken system of care that fails to honor fundamental human rights. Millions of Americans have no safety net to fall back on in the case of an unexpected illness and are forced to make trade-offs between health services and other essential daily needs. The 50 million uninsured Americans “are acutely aware that our health care system is not working for everyone, and there is growing recognition that the major problems of rising cost and lack of access continue a real crisis.” However, policy changes are slow to come. The underlying structural factors that hamper efforts to improve U.S. health care are rarely addressed because of the economic and political constraints that shape health improvement projects. Thus, band-aids are applied to curb the symptoms of problems that are much more than skin deep.

Note

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:5981
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
93 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Price-Smith, Andrew
Department/Program
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012