To Live and Die in America: Class, Power, Health and Healthcare
by Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson
Pluto Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-7453-3217-8 | Paper: 978-0-7453-3212-3
Library of Congress Classification RA395.A3C48 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.10973


To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialised world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation.

Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson explain this contradictory phenomenon as the product of the unique brand of capitalism that has developed in the US. It is this particular form of capitalism that created both the social and economic conditions that largely influence health outcomes and the inefficient, unpopular and inaccessible health care system that is incapable of dealing with them.

The authors argue that improving health in America requires a change in the conditions in which people live and work as well as a restructured health care system.

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