chapter  13
21 Pages

Sociopolitical Aspects of Health Care

ByDouglas R. Mackintosh

Control of health resources is important to both providers and consumers. In addition, the government, that is, legislators and bureaucrats, would also like to increase its power over the allocation of resources. Lower-income individuals also have more physician visits per year than those in middle or upper income groups. Contrary to popular belief, low-income families do not receive less medical care than the rest of the population. But they do receive less dental care. In the 1960s, the idea of a decentralized health center placed in the heart of an underserved area was revitalized from fifty years of dormancy. Antipoverty programs were looking for a way to structure health care in impoverished areas. The free clinic movement emerged at about the same time as the neighborhood health center movement. "The movement for social change" was a distillation of the experience and beliefs of the New Left, the underground counterculture, the black power movement, and Office of Economic Opportunity.