This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health-biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care-and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.

Health Care and Families

Health care and families

Underinsured Families: Paying too Much and Getting too Little

Case 6.1 Ed: Medical Tourism and American Health Care

Ed and Ellen enjoyed living in their small Midwest rural community where Ed ran a hardware store and Ellen worked at the local coffee shop. With their combined annual income at $59,000, they considered themselves “middle class,” but these last few years they often were living paycheck to paycheck. One reason for this financial shift was the cost of health insurance. Being self-employed, they purchased a private plan that demanded high monthly premiums and an escalating deductible that together resulted in ever-increasing out-of-pocket health care costs. Apart from the occasional bout with the flu, Ellen's high blood pressure, and Ed's diabetes, they ...

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