Healthcare, Health, and Income
9 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2018
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: Suggested Citation