Spain and Italy, two of the countries most affected early on by
COVID-19, were also among the EU member-states that underwent severe and
extended austerity measures following the last global economic recession. These
measures significantly weakened publicly funded healthcare systems in both
countries, and as it is particularly relevant to understanding the trajectories
of pandemic, constrained public sector response.
debate over healthcare in the United States revolves around an unstated but
somewhat widely understood notion of what people deserve. The question of “deservingness”
is particularly important when we hone in on the demographics of the American
populace and think critically about who is currently underserved by the current
medical system in the U.S., and who
Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars
University of California Press, 2017, 311 pages.
Jailcare sheds light on a dark place. The ethnography exposes how care emerges and is nurtured in spaces, like jail, that are not intuitively caring. Sufrin develops the concept of jailcare as a way to understand how jail, a violent and …
My research in Việt Nam addresses how medicine, health, and disease function as political and cultural signifiers as well as telegraphing – in the form of epidemiological data and public health outcomes – important features of the socioeconomic order. While health and disease are highly politicized everywhere in the world, these issues take on intriguing significance in socialist and formerly …
Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq
Stanford University Press, 2017. 239 pp.
Every year, tens of thousands of Iraqi patients leave their country seeking healthcare, and Iraqi physicians move abroad seeking asylum and work. Omar Dewachi writes elsewhere about this crisis and the “therapeutic geographies”* it sets in motion, but in his book Ungovernable …
During the tumultuous “repeal and replace” frenzy in the spring and summer of 2017, the US House of Representatives and Senate moved quickly to consider bills intended to either eliminate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or restrict its various provisions. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in …