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New healthcare system regulations, same problems: A Study on the Effects of Unattainable Healthcare and a Non-Government Funded Organization in New York City
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Throughout the existence of the United States there have been multiple ways to seek healthcare insurance, and healthcare services and treatment. As the country developed a system in which healthcare was distributed was created. As such, this system has created societal divisions and has caused certain people to be excluded from gaining access to healthcare insurance and treatment. From these divisions, certain stigmas and stereotypes have been created about the type of person that does not have access to healthcare. With certain historical reforms in the U.S. healthcare system being currently implemented, the healthcare system is to change dramatically. However, certain people are still being excluded from gaining access to healthcare insurance and healthcare services.

The following thesis, based on research which was conducted from April to July 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, explores the manner in which recent developments and changes within the healthcare system of the United States inhibits the city’s residents from obtaining basic health care. By focusing on medical encounters, this thesis focuses on how agencies of power retain control of the body, and those that seek access to healthcare. This thesis also explores the opinion of the uninsured patients by those who volunteer at The Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals, which is an organization that offers free healthcare services while acting as political advocates.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 101 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 64
Keyword [en]
biopower, volunteers, uninsured patients, stigmas, United States Healthcare System, medical anthropology
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276777OAI: diva2:903465
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2016-02-16 Created: 2016-02-15 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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