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- DescriptionIn 1988, a new health care system, the Sistema Unico de Saude (Unified Health Care System or SUS) was formally established in Brazil. The system was intended, among other goals, to provide universal access to health care services and to redefine health as a citizen's right and a duty of the state. A Right to Health explores how these goals have unfolded within an urban peripheral community located on the edges of the rtheastern city of Fortaleza. Focusing on the decade 1998-2008 and the impact of health care reforms on one low-income neighborhood, Jessica Jerome documents the tensions that arose between the ideals of the reforms and their entanglement with pervasive socioecomic inequality, neoliberal ecomic policy, and generational tension with the community. Using ethgraphic and historical research, the book traces the history of political activism in the community, showing that, since the community's formation in the early 1930s, residents have consistently fought for health care services. In so doing, Jerome develops a multilayered portrait of urban peripheral life and suggests that the tion of health care as a right of each citizen plays a major role t only in the way in which health care is allocated, but, perhaps more importantly, in how health care is understood and experienced.
- Author BiographyJessica Jerome is a medical anthropologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University.
- Author(s)Jessica Scott Jerome
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2015
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Series TitleLouann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Weight482 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine432 mm
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