Healthcare, Health, and Income

9 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2018

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David Orentlicher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Date Written: September 21, 2018


The medicalization model of poverty leads us to devote considerable resources to treating the healthcare problems caused by poverty while neglecting the root cause of those problems — the poverty itself. Treating symptoms rather than causes is far less effective than treating causes. When correctly understood, poverty is a major public health problem that needs to be addressed directly with effective anti-poverty programs. Only then can we properly serve the healthcare needs of the poor.

Keywords: anti-poverty programs; ACA; income; income and health; Medicaid; Medicare; life expectancy

JEL Classification: I14, I15, I18, I31

Suggested Citation

Orentlicher, David, Healthcare, Health, and Income (September 21, 2018). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

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