Health Care Reform and Disparities
History, Hype, and Hope
by Toni P. Miles
June 2012, 213pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39768-4
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Health care reform has recently become a hotly contested topic in the United States, but health care in America has been fraught with inequity for over a century. Before the enactment of Medicare, the elderly were barred from hospitals. Today, poor business practices and rampant fraud undermine health care resources, creating shortages, further driving up the cost of adequate care, and causing more inequity.

This book exposes and examines how Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance plans combined with widespread business practices and fraud create inequity—the root cause of our dysfunctional health care system, and the reason for the rising cost of health care for all Americans.

In Health Care Reform and Disparities: History, Hype, and Hope, prolific author Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD, uniquely expands the usual discussion of health disparities by including and emphasizing the voice and perspective of the consumer, and by featuring policy, media, and financing data. Highlighting the subjective experience humanizes the effects of bureaucratic inequity and inefficiency, while examining the facts and figures spotlights real-world opportunities for moving away from operating on a discrimination basis and refocusing on quality of care.

The first chapter outlines the larger historical context of the health care crisis before subsequent sections describe individual aspects of the health care system—and each one’s role in creating or exacerbating disparities. Health care issues specific to demographic groups such as young adults are addressed. This work is an accessible, eye-opening resource for educators, students, and policy makers, as well as anyone wanting to find up-to-date details on the policies and regulations evolving from the Affordable Care Act.

Toni P. Miles, MD, PhD, is director of the Institute of Gerontology and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Public Health, both at the University of Georgia, Athens. She has served previously as Health and Aging Policy Fellow on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and is the founding director of the Pennsylvania State University Center for Special Populations and Health. She has more than 125 publications to her credit, including the articles "Aging Health Care Workforce Issues"; "Health Care Reform and Health Disparities: Reasons for Hope?"; and "Physical Problems Shaping Transitions of Care" in Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics.


2013 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2014


"The text is clearly written and indexed with chapter references and summaries. Useful for all academic audiences and an important resource for professionals in the health field, especially those in public health and policy. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice, February 1, 2013
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