This paper addresses issues of public health and access to care for the urban poor in the context of current U.S. urban. economic and industrial policy.
The pathologies that threaten « inner city » neighborhoods are the result of decades of political neglect, economic exploitation and resource withdrawal, which themselves stem directly from public and corporate sector strategies to facilitate capital accumulation and consolidation.
The resulting conditions of uneven development between wealthy and impoverished local sectors mirror similar relationships between First and Third World countries.
These same patterns are reflected and reproduced in the health care « industry » itself, where growing corporate dominance has developed alongside a concomitant reduction in support for public sector and community-based care.
These trends create and exacerbate conditions that place poor and minority populations at risk.
Community development and political empowerment, as well as the overall corporate hegemony that increasingly characterizes the political economy of the U.S.A., are essential public health considerations that must be included in any meaningful health policy or health care reform proposals.
Mots-clés Pascal : Pauvreté, Milieu urbain, Accessibilité, Soin, Politique économique, Politique industrielle, Système santé, Aspect social, Minorité, Politique sanitaire, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Réforme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Poverty, Urban environment, Accessibility, Care, Economic policy, Industrial policy, Health system, Social aspect, Minority, Health policy, United States, North America, America
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Cote : 98-0393104
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 25/01/1999.