Health Disparities in the US
The healthcare disparities are to talk about the higher cost of the illness injuries, disabilities as well as mortality that is experienced by a population relative to another one. Initially, the disparities were only because of race and ethnic differences but later on the economic and financial status of an individual was also considered when providing him the health facilities in the United States. The main aim of the paper is to discuss the health disparities in the United States, their impact on the people, and the ways to overcome the issues.
The low socioeconomic status as well as its correlates, for example, poverty, educational achievements, poor health, employment, and the ultimate effects on society. All over the world as well as the United States is highly facing an issue of inequality in the distribution of healthcare, resources, and quality of life. In the detail of the socio-economic, there would be a discussion that the low-wage workers are supposed to work for small businesses in which they are less likely to have an access to health insurance, sick leaves, and paid vacations (National Center for Health Statistics). Also, they are not mostly allowed for using the paid time off for sick childcare as it is the most important and out of an individual’s hands. The socio-economic factor also highly disturbs the Individual in a number old ways. The most common all over the United States is job insecurity. People have the fear of job loss which contributes to the decrease of the quality of physical and mental health they are enjoying most. The most affected are mental health which contributes to disturbed social life and mental stress.
There are many forces that are inserted into their environment and also they contribute to their overall status as well as health. The most common factors which are affecting health and health care facilities are political influence, economic factors, sociological trends, and technological innovations (Huang, Deborah, and Mijung, 85-92). These factors are very important in defining the industry and the legislation of the overall health facilities. In a discussion of political influence, there are many political forces that would affect directly as well as indirectly the performance of the healthcare departments. The economic factors are also effective and they contribute to the competition point of view that the healthcare service provides faces mostly. For this purpose, they have to maintain their economic standards which are currently in the region.
One of the most important factors which are used to implement health care services is the sociological trends. In this factor, the demographic changes are observed as well as the new trends which would help in making the ways for people to live, think, work and socialize. The technological innovations are considered the most influential in which the new approaches, as well as new things used to tackle the old as well as new problems, are considered. There would not be always the involvement of the new, highly modernized, and expensive equipment but also innovative ways to artistically handle the problems and effects of the existing issues.
The best ways to reduce the effects of health disparities on personal health will include the enhancement of educational achievements, improving economic outcomes as well as strengthening not only personal finances but also the sibling spouse, parents, and children, overall family. Try to avoid unhealthy practices which would have consequences of disturbed mental and physical life in the future. Health care disparities are practiced in a broader way and could only be reduced by the awareness of racial as well as ethnic disparities amongst the general public in the healthcare sector.
National Center for Health Statistics (the US. “Health, United States, 2015: with the special feature on racial and ethnic health disparities.” (2016).
Huang, Deborah L., and Mijung Park. “Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic oral health disparities among US older adults: oral health quality of life and dentition.” Journal of public health dentistry 75.2 (2015): 85-92.