Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights

Jill Quadagno

in One Nation, Uninsured

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195160390
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944026 | DOI:
Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights

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This chapter explains how the radical politics of the South were enacted within the health care system. It shows how the performance of Medicare gave federal officials the resources to enforce racial integration on southern hospitals. The chapter notes that racial discrimination was widespread in the health care system, and that the legal basis for racial segregation was derived from the Plessy v. Ferguson case. It introduces the Hill-Burton, which was aimed at rural and poor communities that did not have access to health care, discusses the civil rights challenge, and also shows how Medicare was implemented.

Keywords: radical politics; health care system; Medicare; racial integration; racial discrimination; racial segregation; Hill-Burton; civil rights

Chapter.  6186 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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