Social Disparities In Health Care

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The inequalities that take place in giving healthcare can be referred to as health disparities. Some of the disparities in healthcare can be related to differences in an individual’s health insurance status, income, and their medical need. Also, there is an increase of evidence that ethnic and racial disparities in care remain after accounting for the factors above. My paper focuses on many of the factors and my area of focus is on vision health.
The economic and social state that impacts the well-being of individuals and their environments is the social determinants of health. All of the conditions are built by the power, money, and resources that these individuals have. In turn, all of this is influenced by many different policy choices
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may receive unequal treatment and disparities based on the lack of health insurance. This is very common in regards to the racial and ethnic minorities. This makes it tough for them to attain adequate healthcare. According to the CDC, there are 28.4 million people under the age of 65 that do not have insurance coverage (CDC, 2016). Without health insurance, most individuals will not seek the needed health care such as screenings, routine well visits or immunizations. This is the main reason for emergency room use for individuals in the U.S. from the age of 18 to 64 years old (CDC, 2016). “Only half of the estimated 61 million adults in the U.S. classified as being at high risk for serious vision loss, visited an eye doctor in the past twelve months. Americans without health insurance had the lowest age-adjusted rate of use of eye care services (42%)” (CDC, …show more content…
The negative economic growth has made a negative impact on the progress towards the MDGs. Also, the major fallout of the global financial crises may decrease some of the funding and programs provided. I was drawn to the third goal since I am a woman. On several occasions, I have felt the impacts of gender inequality. This has occurred in the workplace for job promotions. This goal was designed to “promote gender equality and empower women” (WHO, 2015). This goal was derived to help individuals who are of a different race and sex receives equal treatment like their counterparts. Women should also be able to receive quality education and leadership positions within