1. What are health inequalities? Discuss 2 examples of how health inequalities are caused.
2. Discuss how the United States compares to other countries of similar and lesser GDP.
3. Discuss what you learned that surprised you about the social causes of health inequalities.
Health Inequalities are unfair differences in health between people. This can be groups or individuals. These differences are hard to avoid and the people affected can’t always control their circumstances.
An example of health inequalities in today’s society is low income families not being able to pay for insurance. In return they can’t get the proper medical care they need. This caused by the high price of insurance and the insurance providers not willing to work with those who may not be able to make their monthly insurance payments.
Another example of health inequality is that individuals with learning disabilities have shorter lifespans than those without them. This is a inequality because the people with learning disabilities already have health disadvantages and might not be able to learn how to live healthy by themselves.
There is a big difference of health between the U.S. and countries with lower GDP’S than the U.S. The major reason for this is money and that majority of the population in these areas are living in poverty. They don’t have access and can’t afford the health advancements and services that we have here in the U.S.
The health of the United States as a whole is still not as good as countries with similar GDP. Even though the U.S. spends more money on health care services than these other countries, the life expectancy is still shorter than the U.S. There are some regions of the U.S. that are doing better than other. Some regions are not performing as well as others and these are the places in the U.S. that don’t have good health.
I was surprised on how unhealthy the united states was compared to similar countries. You would think that the U.S. would be a lot healthier than countries because of how much it is developed and all of the medical advancements here.