Marxism And Healthcare Inequality

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Healthcare inequality has been a serious problem facing Texas for the last decade. Over past decades Texas have seen widespread disparity in the society, wealth, race and gender. These disparities play a vital role in lack of healthcare insurance coverage. The data collected by the CTSIP indicates the percentage of people who do/do not have health care insurance. Conflict and functionalism play a major role to how social power and stability affects the issue of healthcare inequality. Compared to poor and middle class families, wealthy people are most likely to have healthcare coverage. Durkheim was concerned with the question of how societies maintain internal stability and survive over time. Karl Marx would see the society as fragmented into…show more content…
29% of the lowest percentage of people making less than $15,000 does not have healthcare coverage. 4% of the highest percentage of people making over $85,000 does not have healthcare coverage. This data shows that the more income the population make the most likely they will have healthcare coverage. Marx would say that this data depicts material inequality of a social group. Marx would see these inequality as inherently unfair, and only exists because the bourgeoisie control the political, economic and social resources while the proletariat do all the hard labor. Functionalism does not encourage people to take an active role in changing their social environment, even when such change may benefit them. Instead, functionalism sees active social change as undesirable because the various parts of society will compensate in a seemingly natural way for any problems that may arise.The data in the second table shows the top five reasons the population do not have health care coverage. 30% of the highest percentage of people did not have healthcare coverage because they couldn 't afford premiums. 1% of the lowest percentage of people did not have healthcare coverage because they 're healthy so they don 't need insurance. The overall trend in this table shows that people do not have healthcare insurance because of lack of resources. Durkheim would say that this data depicts how the lack of these resources to provide health insurance could contributes to the stability of the whole society. Conflict theory states that groups within a capitalist society tend to interact in a destructive way that allows no mutual benefit and little cooperation.The data in the third table shows the general health status by income. 35% of the lowest percentage of people who make less than $15,000 mostly have fair and good health. 38% of the highest

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