Healthism can identify situations where a person is subject to a particular form of bigotry based on their individual health status. In health insurance, some forms of healthism are unavoidable due to the very nature of health insurance structures. However, when analyzing health insurance programs, particularly those that are funded through government, it is possible to utilize a healthism framework to, first, recognize and minimize and potentially ameliorate the worst effects of healthism combined with intersectionality. This Essay analyzes these issues as they relate to health insurance, Medicare, and the potential role of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
Jacqueline R. Fox, Healthism, Intersectionality, and Health Insurance: The Compounded Problems of Healthist Discrimination, 18 Marq. Benefits & Soc. Welfare L. Rev. 279 (2017).