Revisiting 'The clinic': ethical and policy challenges in U.S. community health centers

Nancy Berlinger, Michael K. Gusmano, Eva Turbiner

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Where do poor people in the United States (US) go when they get sick? Often, they go to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and hospital emergency departments. Even after the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), these safety-net health care organizations will continue to play a crucial role in the US health care system. FQHCs have long grappled with some of the biggest questions facing the US health care system and their leaders and clinicians face ethical challenges in everyday practice. Ethical and policy challenges in the US health care safety-net are not usually 'tragic choices' involving the allocation of transplantable organs, or ventilators during a pandemic. They are everyday choices with a tragic dimension because, even with the adoption of the ACA, the US has not yet decided whether poor people deserve a 'home' or a 'net' when they are sick, and whether even a net should be in good repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-434
Number of pages10
JournalHealth economics, policy, and law
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy


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