Health Care Left and Right

  • Norma Kolko Phillips Associate Professor and Social Work Program Director, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Lehman College/City University of New York, Bronx, NY


Experiencing and witnessing the health care system over a 24-hour period led me to treasure social work's commitments to confidentiality and to question how the medical profession deals with it. As I witnessed blunders in the medical care of the poor and the rich I felt even more strongly about the need for professionals to advocate for more adequate resources, greater accountability, and enforcement of standards. It also made me think more about the profound changes that have taken place that cry out for a system of universal health insurance.


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