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Social Determinants: The situations a person is born into such as; wealth, education, health, and biology. Social determinants can change throughout a lifetime, if a person changes their social status.
Wealth: The amount of money that a person gains through their income can increase their socioeconomic status. This is important to the overall level of medical care a person recieves.
Wealth also determines education a person receives. Someone with more wealth will be able to get a good education, which inevitably leads to gaining more wealth through work.
Income is the main factor of social determinants. The income parents accrue is passed down to their children, which starts the wealth cycle all over again. Children in poverty do not have the same opportunities as children who grow up in a home with parents who have a higher income.
I never truly knew how much education played a role in the type of treatment a person receives. I didn't think about how education leads to a better income and overall wealth. It surprised me how much this plays a role in healthcare.
I was also surprised to see how much discrimination affects healthcare. I have seen on the news that places that have a high poverty rate receive poor healthcare, but I didn't realize how much it actually affected these people. It is something that I believe needs to be fixed in the near future in healthcare.
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