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Henri Colt, Silvia Quadrelli, and Friedman Lester

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735365.001.0001

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organ transplantation and health disparities

organ transplantation and health disparities

john q

(p.491) 8 organ transplantation and health disparities
The Picture of Health

jeffrey m. ring

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the film John Q (2002) to set the stage for a discussion of the issues of organ transplantation and the ethics of health disparities and economic health policy. The film tells the story of John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington), an African American factory worker, whose son requires a heart transplant. Upon discovering that their insurance will not cover the surgery, the couple realizes that they still lack sufficient funds to pay the hospital for the surgery. Growing desperate, John holds the patients and staff of the hospital emergency room as hostages, demanding surgery for his son, while police negotiators and media attention gather and grow outside the walls of the hospital.

Keywords:   John Q, organ transplant, heart transplant, health disparities, medical ethics, health policy

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