Book Review: Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America

In Laurie Abrahams’ book she follows an African American family living in inner city Chicago for one year to explicitly detail their struggles with the American health care system. The focal points of the story are Jackie who is the main caregiver to Mrs. Jackson her mother who suffers from a myriad of problems diabetes being her main condition and Robert her husband who suffers from renal disease and subsequent failure. These three characters poorly interact with the health care system in their North Lawdale area in a way that makes you cry for change. Most importantly their problem is not one of their own but one born out of the idea of cultural competence or lack thereof.
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information exchange between doctors and Robert he never really understood how important his medications were to prevent his kidneys from failing. Not only before but also his inevitable kidney failure his doctors still failed to stress the gravity of a healthy lifestyle combined with dialysis in preventing his new kidneys from failing again. Robert continued to smoke and use cocaine throughout his bout with renal disease. A more culturally competent system would have better understood the connections between living in the inner city and substance abuse such as his.
The evidence shown in Mrs. Jacksons’ situation paints picture of inadequacy at multiple levels of the health care system in Chicago. The language used by doctors when addressing Jackie her caregiver was scrutinized multiple time for being not grade level appropriate and also the services which Mrs. Jackson and Jackie qualified for but was never told about such as different transportation methods and forms of ...

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