Child Health Policy in the U.S.: The Paradox of Consensus
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1990 Summer; 15(2): 271-304.
...This examination of child health policy begins by reviewing the politics of maternal and child health services from the early twentieth century to the Reagan administration...Next, the politics of Medicaid expansion as a strategy for addressing child health issues are discussed. Current critiques of child health services in the U.S. are examined, along with proposals to restructure health care financing and delivery...Investment in young children is discussed as a prudent as well as a compassionate policy, one which will reduce future health care costs and enhance our position in the international economy...Framing child health issues in these terms helped to produce consensus on the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Yet the issues beyond the expansion of Medicaid eligibility involve the restructuring of health care financing and delivery, and, on these issues, conflict is far more likely than consensus.
Children; Common Good; Consensus; Costs and Benefits; Economics; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Services; Historical Aspects; Indigents; Legislation; Medicine; Minors; Morbidity; Mortality; Newborns; Obligations of Society; Patient Care; Physicians; Political Activity; Politics; Pregnant Women; Preventive Medicine; Public Policy; Resource Allocation;
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Sardell, Alice (1990)...This examination of child health policy begins by reviewing the politics of maternal and child health services from the early twentieth century to the Reagan administration...Next, the politics of Medicaid expansion as ...