Racism In Health Care

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decided to write this current event about issues towards health care programs. While I was searching for a good article I came across a really interesting one that approaches England’s health care system and how it could be racist. The article starts by explaining the unpleasant experience of Eche Egbouno, a black male who suffers of bipolar disorder. Eche was sectioned by the mental health act, but instead of taking him to a hospital they took him to the police station. He says that being there made him feel even worst, like he was a criminal. Two days later he had a problem at his parents’ house and they called the police. This time he refused to go with them “so they brought the teaser out, 50,000 bolts”. Eche insists this made him feel…show more content…
Health, according to our book, is the “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being” (Macionis). Racism refers to “the assertion that people of one race are less worthy than or even biologically inferior to others, is the most serious example of prejudice” (Macionis). As we can see from the first example the article is giving us, there is a problem towards black people in England’s mental health care system. That is something we need to have clear. Echo Egbouno is a man who needed help and instead he ended up at the police station, made him look and feel like a criminal. All he needed was help because he does not feel like he has proper or stable mental health. Jacqui Dyer, speaks up for all this inequality black people in England are suffering of. She claims there is institutional inequality towards black males and females. According to Macionis, institutional inequality or racism refers to the strong use of racism in important public institutions, in this case the health care…show more content…
Lorraine Khan claims that the government has overlooked the problem. She says the government does not want to improve the system because it will take a lot of money to do so. The government also sees these mistreatments as a regular action because they affect only a minority. On our book minorities are described as “category of people, identified by physical or cultural traits, subjected to disadvantages” (Macionis). Great Britain has a dual health care system, it is supposed to cover all citizens but if you want private health care (and can afford it) you can enjoy it as
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