For examples, policies related to public assistance programs, affordable health care, human rights, educational, employment, housing are just a few issues whose primary focus should be equity. Perhaps one of the most discussed current policy equity is the U.S. healthcare system. Significantly, there are many underlying issues in looking at the disadvantaged in healthcare equity. Because of the great disadvantages in the healthcare system, policymakers should give an extra effort in making sure that healthcare is an equity public policy. “Affordable health care for all” might require equal access to and availability of health care for all, regardless of the ability to pay for the care” (Musgrave, 2006, p,
All people should have quality, access, to affordable health care regardless of their age, sex, income, education, and ethnicity, color of skin, religion, sex orientation or identity. Health care in the United States is approximately $3 trillion industry, accounting for nearly 18 percent of the gross domestic product, is up from 14 percent in 2000. Over the last two decade, legislators have dealt with upward spiral, exacerbated by a growing number of uninsured and health care spending out of
Educational status and employment status play a significant role in the amount of population receiving adequate care and those who have insurance coverage. So all in all, the ethical question remains, “Should the level of healthcare provided be affected by financial status of an individual?” We healthcare professionals know that the door of access to healthcare services, although not widely opened is not completely closed and that these patients do receive care. Each year, federal, state, and local governments along with numerous charity organizations, billions are raised to support healthcare for the uninsured but this care often is of lower quality and results in poor outcomes than that provided to those who have health insurance. No insurance means less financial security and more stress for those uninsured persons and their families which can be felt throughout communities.
Labeled as an Immigrant with a green card in hand, is not easy for any person. Immediately being judged for not having been born in America or for not being a citizen, any Immigrant has it hard, especially women. I was very aware before reading Chapter twenty two in the book (Chen 206,) that woman who had come from other countries in the United States struggled more than anyone else to find jobs and make a living for themselves, but I was ultimately surprised at the fact that women in need, were also having a hard time getting medical treatment and healthcare. The major eye opener came when I encountered this,“Under federal law, immigrants, including many green- card holders, face various bans and exclusions from federal health programs. For issues of sexual and reproductive health, immigrant women often find themselves doubly excluded from a health care infrastructure that degrades all poor women, unable to access or afford contraceptive and abortion services, prenatal care, or treatment for sexually transmitted diseases” (Chen 206.)
Women make up the majority of the uninsured, and that’s probably has something to do with the pay inequality. You can’t expect a single mother to be able to afford food, shelter, clothing, gas, and everything else that comes with raising a child and
Although, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure are all results of preexists illness that could have be avoided by simply being treated and educated by a healthcare provider. The lack of adequate healthcare and insurance makes it nearly impossible for the uninsured and underinsured to obtain treatment for preexisting conditions. This book also gives many illustrations of how the healthcare system in America fails to adequately care for the poor. An example of the lack of adequate healthcare of a preexist condition that could have been avoided and treated, was when Robert first had a sign that his kidneys was failing and the doctor never told him the severe natural or to come back, due to him not having adequate medical coverage for a kidney diagnostics (Abraham, 1993). Another illustrates is Ms. Jackson spent down program, in which, because she qualified for Medicaid only during the months that her medical expenses were so high they forced her income to drop below a “medically needy” level set by the state (Abraham, 1993).
I have not had a negative experience based on gender in the healthcare system. I have always been treated fairly when it came to my healthcare, but I determine that my answer will change once I begin making appointments at an OB/GYN. The only form of inequality I have noticed when it comes my healthcare revolves around the nurse’s office at my high school. She hands out condoms for free, but should I start my menstrual cycle without a pad in stock she would charge me a quarter for each one. It is unfair that such a necessity for women would still be charged against us when we can refrain from sex, but women cannot refrain from having a period.
In 2014 15 percent of the United States lived in poverty. That means 47 million people were living in poverty! Out of the 47 million 15.5 million of them are children!()Majority of the people that live in poverty are parents who work minimum wage jobs, college graduates who can not find jobs, women and children. More than four out of ten children are living close to the poverty line ()and the government is only helping some. If the government were to supply their programs to every low income family the number could decrease drastically and the economy would also increase.
Nearly half a century ago, Lyndon Johnson began campaigning the War on Poverty with a vision for a sustained and prosperous economy. Back then, poverty in America was associated with graphic images of substandard wooden shacks and impoverished city alleys. Today, the face of poverty has taken a new shape. In societies imagination, poverty takes the form of hopeless Americans and single mothers frantically treading on a rolling barrel that is headed towards the rivers end. For the enormous amount of women living in this situation, the American dream is dead. Women in poverty can no longer cling to childhood dreams of prosperity and success, but instead are limited to dreams of simply hanging on. Plighted with social economic struggles, stress
The uninsured health coverage rate has declined as a whole for the country since Presidents Bush’s presidency from 16% to 11.9%, significantly impacting health care equality as a whole in American (NBC, 2015). President Obama has also worked to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities through The Affordable Care Act. This health reform advocated increased racial and ethnic diversity of professionals in health care through the HSS Action Plan to Reduce Health Disparities and the National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equality (White House, 2015). United States being the number one superpower in the world was not able to provide its
Intersectionality is when there is other problematic society that affects a certain group of people within society is interconnected. The minority may all belong to the same group but yet there are many categories within that group that also deal with more than one form of oppression. In the article, the author makes valid points of the daily struggles of being a woman in society but also shines light on the issue that she also faces other forms of oppression because of her skin color. To the average white woman, the only form of institutionalized oppression they experience is solely gender based and therefore they tend to dismiss the idea that other races and religious fight for equality is much more intense. Intersectionality also contends
Every human deserves access to health care regardless of income, and the improved health of American citizens would lead to a healthier society and economy. The cost of health care in the United States is substantially more expensive compared to other developed countries; even countries with government-funded health programs. Although this would require a large amount of effort and change, it is feasible, and countries such as Canada and France have successfully accomplished it. This matter does not fall on the shoulders of the government, rather the people of the United States, and it is up to us to make a change. People should not have to choose between debt, extreme sickness and even death for the mere fact that they cannot afford to receive
Affluence is the greatest determinant of an individual’s health, and the United States is among the most affluent nations in the world; but how does a nation’s prosperity affect the entirety of its citizens, and what factors of wealth affect health? The idea that one can progress in society if they work hard enough, a deep-set American belief, depends on an individual’s health. The advancements in health associated with affluent nations, such as the United States, are distributed inequitably, providing care to those that can afford it. One must wonder how core democratic values of liberty, equality, and justice can be upheld in a system that hinders the success of those that cannot afford care: So what causes this in the first place, and how