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The Care of the Uninsured in America
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As Dr. Cullen's chapter on information technology points out, what is required is not just a new electronic system that follows the patients, but a new language that creates and defines a system that can appropriately care for the patient. What we design for the complexities of caring for the medically underserved can serve as model for caring for everyone in this country. Many innovative, bold, and wonderful solutions have been developed as local/ regional models. As communities and states we can learn from, and support, each other. But the local models are not, by and large, self-sustaining. Ultimately, so- tions to the lack of medical insurance in this country will require a national persp- tive, and federal funding. That is part of the work we all must do, and Dr. Dalen's chapter points out some of the possibilities and pitfalls other countries have experienced. When I wonder how the system we have hasn't already collapsed from its own weight, I just need to look at the people working within it. Healthcare is a service industry, and we have been blessed with professionals who understand and live the concept of service in their daily lives, who go the extra mile for the patient despite the vagaries, the barriers, and the sometimes mean spiritedness of the organi- tional infrastructure.
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Table of Contents

Dedication Preface by Lane Johnson Preface by Nancy Johnson Introduction Contributors Chapter 1 Who are the Uninsured? Chapter 2 Why are People Uninsured? Chapter 3 Culture of Poverty and the Uninsured Chapter 4 Health Disparities and the Uninsured Chapter 5 Providers for the Uninsured Chapter 6 Chronic Care and Disease Management in the Uninsured- Nancy Johnson Chapter 7 Medical Homes and the Uninsured Nancy Johnson Chapter 8 Medication Assistance for the Uninsured Nancy Johnson Chapter 9 Immigrants and Refugees Chapter 10 The Uninsured Homeless Chapter 11 The Uninsured Mentally Ill Chapter 12 Uninsured Older Americans Chapter 13 The Rural Uninsured Chapter 14 Dental Care for the Uninsured Chapter 15 Medically Uninsured Children Chapter 16 Building Community Collaboration Around the care of the Uninsured Chapter 17 Information Systems to support the Care of the Uninsured Chapter 18 Government and Policy; Other Models Chapter 19 Think Nationally, Act Locally

About the Author

Nancy J. Johnson is Chief Operating Officer at El Rio Community Health Center in Tuscon, Arizona. She is also President of Quality Health Consultants, a healthcare consultancy. Lane P. Johnson is Director of the MD/MPH program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is the author of the Clinical Pocket Guide to Herbal Remedies (Blackwell, 2002).

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From the reviews: "This book addresses the growing problem of the uninsured from the perspective of the root causes and discusses strategies for providing care. ... the book would be useful to graduate health professional students or those studying health policy. ... this book presents case scenarios and more personal accounts of the problem in a more academic way, lending itself to use in the classroom." (Carole Ann Kenner, Doody's Review Service, March, 2010) "Nancy Johnson ... have edited a new textbook about the care of the uninsured. The Care of the Uninsured in America is long on statistics and chock full of programmatic examples, including reproduced diagrams, charts, surveys, and copies of flyers. The Johnsons recruited colleagues ... to supply the 20 essays that comprise the chapters of this book, which is aimed at policy makers and undergraduate and graduate classrooms of schools of public and community health. ... The chapters contain thorough references ... ." (Jeff Levin-Scherz, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 303 (23), 2010)

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