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Description - Health Policy in a Time of Crisis by Bayla Ostrach

Health Policy in a Time of Crisis is a vivid ethnographic account of women and providers navigating the Catalan health system to obtain and provide publicly funded abortion care.

Grounded in critical medical anthropology, the book situates access to publicly funded abortion care in the context of austerity and ongoing threats to recently liberalized laws, examining the actual levels of access in the region. In so doing, it examines the disparities experienced by immigrant and other women, documenting the diverse approaches adopted to overcome obstacles to care. Using accounts from both providers and women seeking care, Ostrach's richly grounded analysis illuminates a healthcare system during a period of economic crisis and disagreement over reproductive governance. Researched against a backdrop of growing movements against austerity and for Catalan independence, the result is at once a study of true access to public health care in times of crisis and a compelling account of some women's determination to go to any length to get the health care they need.

Engagingly written, it will make interesting reading for scholars and students of anthropology and public health, as well as policymakers and the general reader concerned with the politics of abortion and public health.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781629583655
ISBN-10: 1629583650
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 190
Imprint: Left Coast Press Inc
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2017
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Bayla Ostrach

Bayla Ostrach is an Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice, appointed in the Family Medicine Department at Boston University School of Medicine. Affiliated Faculty at Boston University's Department of Anthropology, she is also a Full Fellow of the Society of Family Planning. An applied medical anthropologist by training, her research is designed to be returned to affected communities that seek to prompt changes in policy and practice.

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