Linking Poverty And Poor Health

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
Linking Poverty And Poor Health

As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises.

A recent study shows that poor people with diabetes are significantly more likely to end up in the hospital for dangerously low blood sugar at the end of the month, when budgets are tight. As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises. We explore the issues.

Guests

Hilary Seligman

Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Leighton Ku

Professor, Dept. of Health Policy; Director, Center for Health Policy Research; School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University

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