Week 7 US healthcare - Political Economy of the US...

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Political Economy of the US Healthcare System Joanne Motino Bailey Political Economy: Intersection of legal, economic and political aspects Healthcare system: network of individuals, companies, institutions, government structure to provide care to individuals to prevent and treat disease and promote public health Measuring a good health care system Health outcomes Cost U.S. cost and outcomes… US has worse health outcomes compared to 15 developed/wealthy countries Adverse birth outcomes Injuries and homicides Adolescent pregnancy and STIs HIV/AIDS Drug related mortality Obesity and diabetes Heart disease Chronic lung disease Disability
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Report findings Fragmented care system Weak public health and primary care system More lapsed and interrupted healthcare coverage Larger income gap Poorer safety net system Physical and social environments (pollution, roads built for cars not pedestrians,food deserts, . .) Our values as embodied in healthcare system Individualism- If health is important to us, we will make independent lifestyle choices Meritocracy-
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