Inequality In Health Care

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This essay aims to identify and evaluate the inequalities in health care in different areas of society, namely disability and gender. Firstly, it is important to understand what we mean by health inequalities. It is commonly understood that health inequality refers to unjust differences in the health status, usually preventable, between different groups, populations or individuals. The existence of such inequalities is attributed to the unequal distributions of social, environmental and economic conditions within societies. 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 identified in relationship to different social categories with enough evidence to prove these inequalities. This essay will specifically look at inequalities found in the care of people with learning difficulties, when they have a physical health problem, with reference to the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Difficulties from Bristol. In addition to this, the inequalities found between the different genders will be discussed, with reference to the Black Report. Furthermore, it will consider various explanations for the existence of such inequalities and critically evaluate

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