University of the people Discussion Forum unit 7 SOC 1502 - AY2018-T1 What factors do you think contribute to the disparities in health among ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender groups in your country? What diseases are the most stigmatized? Which are the least? Is this different in different cultures or social classes? It being a long-term challenge among certain groups due to the disparities in health care in the united states.
46.8 million Americans were reported as uninsured in 2013, which equivocates to one sixth of the population. Those without insurance have revealed that they risk “more problems getting care, are diagnosed at later disease stages, and get less therapeutic care” (National Health Care Disparities Report) and those insured risk losing their insurance. Inadequately covered citizens are often working-class individuals who simply cannot receive insurance due to uncontrollable inconveniences and therefore jeopardize having medical coverage. In these instances, Americans have a chance of being diagnosed with diseases that they had no opportunity to prevent or could not diagnose them at an early stage of the illness. Patients have suffered unnecessarily due to lack of health care, and “18,000 Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance” (PNHP).
There is a large difference in the quality of care between minorities and whites. As time progresses, this becomes an issue because the number of minorities are increasing and soon that number will double the population of whites. Disparities in palliative care for minorities is limited and lacks true quality. Minorities have a harder time receiving quality palliative care because of lack of access to medication and communication with doctors. African Americans and other minorities are more likely to die in the hospital from illnesses than whites.
Although, the health care system is set up to reduce or to prevent disease etc., there is a gap or disparity in the US health care system. The sexual orientation, race, age, etc., in the US deprived certain groups from receiving equal opportunity in the health care and the health care. Thus, making the disparities in the US health system an increasing problem issue. What is/ are the health and health care issue or disparities? According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2012), health and health care disparity refer to differences in the health and health care between population groups.
What are causes of health disparities? Causes of health disparities could be attributed to socioeconomic status and education. A link between those who live in poorer communities and poor health outcomes are often related. Members of these communities are exposed to many health problems causing them to have poor health. Members of these communities also lack education about overall health which could be a reason why health disparities are more prominent in these areas.
There are several factors that can lead to healthcare disparities includes poor access to healthcare, poverty, exposure to environmental problems, deficit knowledge, inadequate and unsafe housing as well as individual and behavioral factors. These factors increase the minority groups of being uninsured, lack of health care accessibility, receive poorer quality care and experiencing worse health outcomes, including low income individuals and black people (Ubri & Artiga, 2016). In United States, the healthcare disparities are very obvious and it can be clearly seen between urban and rural
Another, unfair area of this quiz is one of the questions asked how can you tell if someone is healthy and the answer was if they’re wealthy. Many citizens shouldn’t have to worry if they have the ability to have proper medical services, it’s not a privilege, but a need to have equal health care among the rich and the poor. It’s quite shocking to see how much our country is going through an epidemic of injustices and health. In conclusion, the United States has many problems due to the fact that our country seems to be growing more unhealthy and more unfair to the minority population. Every question helps you realize that our country needs to get better if we really want it to reach its top potential.
Both men and women face health care disparities, the difference are each genders health concerns, access to healthcare, financial barriers, preventive and follow up care. In the 2013 Kaiser Men Health Survey and 2013 Kaiser Women Health Survey presented that women’s health concerns, preventive treatments, and follow up treatments, are of greater expense compared to men. So women are most likely not to access health care due to high cost and lack of insurance in comparison to men. This same study also found stereotypical gender roles plays a big part,when it comes to accessing health care. Women are most likely not to see a provider due to childcare, lack of transportation, lack of time and inability to take time off work.
Such conditions determine the risk of individuals getting ill, their ability to prevent sickness, as well as opportunities to access to the right treatments. (Black, 2013) Numerous reports have been presented by medical professionals regarding this discriminatory issue and will be cited throughout. Poor health and higher than average death rates can be
Whenever a large of amount of one’s income goes to a specific obligation, then other needs like adequate food security becomes jeopardized of decreasing in quality. The second social determinant is the access to healthcare. Even though the family had “access” to healthcare, they definitely could not afford to pay for their insurance payments without putting themselves in financial debt. If the Hawthorne’s happened to incur a large amount of debt, then their “access” will appear less accessible. Part of what makes this particular determinant so dangerous is the fact that it could encourage