Sept. 12, 2023 at 12 p.m. (ET) on Zoom
"Hospital City, Health Care Nation: Race, Capital, and the Costs of American Health Care"
Guian McKee, PhD
Hosted by the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry


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Dr. Guian McKee will speak about his new book, Hospital City, Health Care Nation, which recasts the story of the U.S. health care system by emphasizing its economic, social, and medical importance in American communities. Focusing on urban hospitals and academic medical centers, the book argues that the country’s high level of health care spending has allowed such institutions to become vital economic anchors for communities. Yet that spending has also constrained possibilities for comprehensive health care reform over many decades. At the same time, the role of hospitals in urban renewal, in community health provision, and as employers of low-wage workers has contributed directly to racial health disparities. McKee points to the increased role of financial capital after the 1960s in shaping not only hospital growth but also the underlying character of these vital institutions. The book shows how hospitals’ quest for capital has interacted with structural racism and inequality to constrain the U.S. health care system.

Dr. McKee is a professor of presidential studies at the UVA Miller Center. He is co-chair of the Presidential Recordings Program and co-directs its Health Care Policy Project. His 2023 book, Hospital City, Health Care Nationis available through the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

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Maura Singleton
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Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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