Reducing Health Inequities - Wealth & Poverty Class 11
And what the pandemic taught us
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Welcome back to my Wealth and Poverty class. We’re coming up to near the end of the semester but still have a lot to do — so keep your seatbelts on.
This week we examine inequities in health. Among the questions I’ll be addressing are: Why and how are inequalities of income, wealth, power, and race related to health? Next, assuming that good health care is a limited resource, what’s the best means of allocating it – through the so-called “free market,” through rationing, through government subsidies, or some other means? More specifically, I’ll be asking how poor and lower-income families can achieve better health? Which inevitably raises the question whether we should move toward a single-payer healthcare plan — and if so, how? And finally, how is the range of politically acceptable health policy solutions likely to change as a result of the pandemic?
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