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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy$
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C. Henry

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001

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Medical Spending, Health Insurance, and Measurement of American Poverty

Medical Spending, Health Insurance, and Measurement of American Poverty

(p.117) 4 Medical Spending, Health Insurance, and Measurement of American Poverty
Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Gary Burtless

Sarah Siegel

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses health care expenditures, particularly on the effects of three basic methods of including household spending on health care in the measurement of poverty. The first is the method embodied in the official poverty statistics. The other two are based on the recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance. The chapter begins with the definition of poverty, followed by alternative approaches to treating household medical spending in an assessment of family needs and resources. It also describes the theoretical approach proposed by the NAS poverty statistics panel and then outlines the alternative methods suggested for this approach. The treatment of health insurance and health care expenses in the definition of poverty are then discussed. The chapter ends with an analysis of statistical results and a brief conclusion.

Keywords:   healthcare expenditures, poverty, statistical results, NAS, medical spending, health insurance

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