Amish Hospitalization

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During the past 50 years, the utilization of immunizations has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States. However, because many parents chose not to vaccinate their children, vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a very serious threat. These vaccine-preventable diseases continue to infect numerous children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year (IAC, 2016). The Amish are a growing population who live a traditional, rural way of life, that is seemingly detached from modern health care. The Amish are known as a group of Anabaptists who emigrated from Europe to the United States in the 1700s, to escape religious persecution by both Protestants and Catholics. Members of the Amish are religious, hard-working persons who believe “worldliness” would inhibit them from being close to God. Because of this conservative belief, they choose to live a simpler life by minimizing the use of modern conveniences and technology (Igou, 2009). …show more content…
The Amish formal education system includes grades one through eight. The Amish may be best known for their farming tradition, and the horse and buggy method of transportation. This seemingly limited transportation method provides some limitations in accessing healthcare facilities. The Amish people do not use insurance; this is a determining factor in health care practices (Weyer et al., 2003). The Amish do not utilize birth control and have low infant mortality, which leads to a rapidly growing population. The graph below shows a forecast for the number of Amish people and Amish settlements in the United States from 2010 to 2050. By the year 2050 it is expected that the Amish population will have tripled and the total number will reach 912,258 people (Statista,

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