The Body Economic

The Body Economic

Why Austerity Kills : Recessions, Budget Battles, and the Politics of Life and Death

Book - 2013
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Two public health researchers prove that the recent economic crises around the world have had calamitous effects on people's health, citing increases in suicide rates, HIV transmissions, and heart disease during times of bad fiscal policy.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013]
ISBN: 9780465063987
0465063985
Branch Call Number: 362.1068 STUCKLE
Characteristics: xxi, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Basu, Sanjay

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redban Aug 27, 2014

So clear and relevant, very insightful read. Completely agree with StarGladiator, this book's strength is in the effects of austerity on healthcare, but the socioeconomic roots of austerity is outside the book's scope, outside the authors' expertise, and must be explored elsewhere. This is merely an important piece to the puzzle.

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StarGladiator
Apr 23, 2014

Read this book along with Nomi Prins' All The Presidents' Bankers and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century. Forewarned is forearmed.

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StarGladiator
Mar 23, 2014

These gentlemen write an excellent book, but due to shortcomings on the financial/economic end, they sadly don't fully grasp what MUST be grasped to understand the status quo: the banksters and their lackeys make tremendous profit from the status quo (especially in America and the UK) which is namely ignoring the two greatest cost drivers in healthcare - - the private equity/leveraged buyouts across the entire healthcare sector, and the hedge funds' speculation across the entire healthcare sector - - until these external cost drivers of the private health insurance sector are both recognized and understood, we will never make any progress!

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PaulSteer
Aug 24, 2013

This book was cited and profiled by Dr. Richard Wolff in his weekly program, Economic Update, which can be heard via the WBAI.org website, here: http://wbai.org/server-archive.html

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gramsci
Jul 30, 2013

Excellent. So clearly written.

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