Giving specific and realistic suggestions for addressing our society's pervasive social problems

Updated with recent issues such as the national debate on health care reform, this Second Edition of How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? gives students a sense of hope by demonstrating specific, realistic steps we can take to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout and helps students realize that we can take steps to solve such key social problems as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, and environmental issues. The book's first two chapters define “social problem,,” provide a theoretical background, discuss the daunting barriers we face in attempting to solve social problems, and demonstrate how sociology can help.

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How Can We Solve the Problem of Health Care?

How can we solve the problem of health care?

Health care is an immensely difficult problem in our society. Every industrialized country except the United States provides national health care for all of its citizens (Kerbo, 2009, p. 39). There are currently 50 million American citizens, that is, roughly 1 of every 6 Americans, who have no health care insurance coverage.1 So, this means that when people who do not have health care insurance are sick or have a toothache, it will cost them a lot more money to see a doctor or dentist than it will cost those people who do have health care insurance. As a result, they will be more likely to put off ...

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