How Market Ideology Guarantees Racial Inequality

Deborah Stone

in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170665
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850204 | DOI:
How Market Ideology Guarantees Racial Inequality

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This chapter focuses on racial disparities in health care. It shows how certain principles of political organization in culture in the United States perpetuate racial disparities. The chapter suggests that market ideology is the biggest obstacle to health-care equity. The U.S. health-care system is designed to produce disparities, since it allocates medical care primarily by market criteria rather than by medical need. Market principles generate racial and ethnic disparities, and allow racism to continue under cover of economic justifications. The chapter argues that the nation will not be able to ameliorate racial and ethnic disparities until political leaders are willing to face up to the consequences of their devotion to the pluralistic ideals in medicine.

Keywords: racial disparities; health care; market ideology; health-care equity; medical care; market criteria; market principles; racism; ethnic disparities; pluralistic ideals

Chapter.  10220 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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