[UCP Books]: Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930

Now in Paperback

Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930

by Beatrix Hoffman

Publication date: September 1, 2013 $17.50 • £12.50
International publication date: September 9, 2013   Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10219-1

“Beatrix Hoffman’s goal is to encourage an honest debate about healthcare reform by identifying the varied forms of healthcare rationing. Health Care for Some examines access to and denial of care in US medicine since 1930. It is a well-researched, readable primer on the development of the complex, fragmented US medical system. . . . Hoffman paints a striking picture of the human face of need.”—Times Higher Education
“Beatrix Hoffman’s rational, plainspoken analysis succeeds in clarifying the discourse around a topic of pressing national importance, delineating partisans’ priorities, and discarding the numerous distractions.”—Publishers Weekly
“Readers interested in the history of American health care and medicine will find this an informative look at past attempts to provide health care to more Americans and the forces and fears that for so long have made attaining universal coverage impossible.”—Library Journal
“In the American political debate, everybody condemns the notion of ‘rationing’ health care. But Beatrix Hoffman’s meticulous history shows that rationing—by income, age, employment, etc.—has been, and remains, a central element of America’s medical system.  She demonstrates that our various attempts at reform over the decades have kept the rationing mechanisms firmly in place.”—T. R. Reid, author of The Healing of America
Beatrix Hoffman is professor in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America. She is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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