The Care of the Uninsured in America

  • Nancy J.  Johnson
  • Lane P. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Howard Eng
    Pages 1-20
  3. Nancy J. Johnson
    Pages 21-33
  4. Nancy Johnson
    Pages 35-44
  5. Nancy J. Johnson
    Pages 45-61
  6. Nancy J. Johnson
    Pages 63-85
  7. Nancy J. Johnson
    Pages 87-108
  8. Nancy J. Johnson, Janet S. Smith
    Pages 129-144
  9. Lane P. Johnson
    Pages 145-151
  10. Jennifer Vanderleest
    Pages 153-160
  11. Francisco A. Moreno, Sarah Heron
    Pages 161-170
  12. Lynne Tomasa
    Pages 171-186
  13. Lane P. Johnson
    Pages 195-204
  14. Lane P. Johnson
    Pages 205-215
  15. Fran Bartholomeaux, Nancy J. Johnson
    Pages 217-230
  16. Theresa Cullen
    Pages 243-257
  17. Lane P. Johnson
    Pages 271-278
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 279-285

About this book


The Care of the Uninsured in America

Edited by Nancy J. Johnson, El Rio Community Health Center, Tuscon, AZ

Lane P. Johnson, Arizona Health Science Center, Tucson, AZ


They earn too much for Medicaid but not enough to afford a health plan. Or their employer rescinded their benefits. Or they’re "not disabled enough" for disability. Some 45 million people have fallen through the cracks of America’s health care system, and this lack of coverage affects access to coverage, timeliness of care—even life expectancy. The Care of the Uninsured in America presents a nuanced portrait of this broad population—urban and rural, from generational poverty and the working poor—while illuminating the current state of medical/dental insurance and the circumstances that cause so many to do without. Its authors conceptualize lack of insurance as a health disparity (as are ethnicity, gender, age, etc.), and explain its collective health impact and major issues involved in providing care.

In clear, useful prose, the book:

  • Identifies subpopulations among the uninsured (e.g., the mentally ill, the homeless, people with HIV) and their specific care needs.
  • Outlines necessary skills and strategies for working with uninsured patients, from health promotion to cultural competency.
  • Offers models and case examples of innovative care programs.
  • Reports on methods for improving access and support, including coalition building and health information management.
  • Describes medication assistance programs: how they work and what they cost.
  • Discusses chronic care and disease management among the uninsured.
  • Analyzes the universal health care debate and makes recommendations.

The Care of the Uninsured in America will attract a wide audience among professionals and graduate students in public and community health and health policy; clinicians and nurses who treat the uninsured; administrators and managers seeking a deeper understanding of the system; and policymakers and analysts seeking avenues for change.


access to care care program community health disease management health care health care costs health care system health disparities health insurance health policy patients poor poverty public health universal health care

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy J.  Johnson
    • 1
  • Lane P. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Elizabeth of Hungary ClinicTucsonU.S.A.
  2. 2.Arizona Health Science CenterTucsonU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-78307-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-78309-3
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