Health Inequity And Health Inequality In Health

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According to Braveman & Guskin (2003: 254), the term equity is considered to be “social justice and fairness”. This describes equity as a term which is largely associated with principles which are rooted in distributive justice, as described by Braveman & Guskin (2003). In other words “equity” can be referred to as the lack of inconsistencies in health, as stated by Braveman & Guskin (2003). However, it is also noted that individuals from many different backgrounds may depict social injustices very differently, depending on individual perceptions. Despite this, it seems to be essential to have an adequate understanding of “Health inequity” and “Health inequality”, as explained by Braveman & Guskin (2003). When attempting to understand equity, …show more content…
Some of the main social aspects which cause inequities are living conditions, community environments and other environments influencing an individual’s functioning or well-being. The circumstances, in which individuals might experience a social advantage in this regard, might be when they have access to wealth or power. This then means that other individuals who do not have access to such advantages will experience difficulties which might be considered unfair, as stated by Braveman & Guskin (2003).

Health inequity and health inequality is often mistaken as having the same meaning. However, a health inequity according to Braveman & Guskin (2003:255) is centred around the way in which resources within the health sector are dispersed along with other issues that might result in a health
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The article that I have chosen, I would say can could be described as an example of a health inequity. The article is concerning a young child who was born with a disease called Dellaman’s syndrome. This disease affects both mental and physical functioning, due to delays in brain functioning, according to Ndimande (2018). I would reason that the case example cane b viewed as a health inequity, due to the consistencies in prescriptions of medication provided to this young child. Inconsistencies in medication prescribed caused the young child to experience seizers, which further implicate his functioning both on a physical and mental capacity. I do consider it the responsibility of the health department to ensure that this boy is able to access medication prescribed consistently, since this will aid in terms of him being able to functions more holistically allowing him access to adequate health care.

The fact that this boy’s mother gains access to resources which are unreliable or insufficient, indicates the need for the boy to be granted accessibility to health care that will actually see to his needs. The fact that his needs are not being met indicates a lack of regard for well-being as a

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