How Does Hispanic Culture Affect Health Care

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The United States is a melting pot of numerous cultures and because of this is confronted with many challenges when it comes to providing health care and finding ways to help all cultures trust how it preforms its care. Hospitals want all types of people to know that they can come to their hospital and receive care for all types of conditions and injuries, but because of all the different types of cultures and their different beliefs about health care and medicine this can be a complicated task. The Hispanic culture is very prevalent in the United States and it continues to develop. “According to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates as of July 1, 2013, there are roughly 54 million Hispanics living in the United States.” (CDC, 2015) Because …show more content…
Somewhere along the line we forgot that are ancestors came here to make a better life, that is the case with Hispanics as well. Many people do not like the fact that they are here and this has created bigotry towards them which can even come to where they work as in hospitals. “Subject of negative attitudes during the health care process, and these feelings of discrimination may negatively impact their assessment of quality of care received. Such negative feelings may lead to decreased medication adherence and medical follow-up.” (Sorkins, et al. 2010) When a person is treated poorly from racism it makes them lose trust in the hospital and can affect if that person continues to go the hospital for help. If a person is discriminated for being a Hispanic race it can affect the healthiness of that person but, also the family because of the experience the kids become fearful of being in the same situation. Hispanics in poverty can face even greater challenges because they do not have the money for treatments that are crucial and because of this many people come to believe that that is the case for all or most Hispanics and discriminate towards …show more content…
By having a patients trust it allows the physician to help the patient more effectively. Sometimes the physician does not always have the patients trust but still has to treat them; in this case it makes it hard on the physician and can make the process of treating the patient a struggle. It is crucial that the patient feels like the physician only care is about them and their health. Hispanics do face problems when it comes to healthcare but they are items that can be addressed in the hospital and worked out. Hispanics are met with discrimination for being a minority and also deal with communication barriers. “Half of the Latinos who did not seek medical care had a high-school education, a third were American-born, and 45 percent had health insurance. This suggests that the Latino apprehension about healthcare goes deeper than issues of access. It also partially derives from a long history of preferring non-Western medicine” (Machando, 2014) This indicates that it might not be Hispanics distrust hospitals but that they are reluctant to modern medicine and would rather use home remedies. Because of the increase of Hispanics it is imperative that they understand the importance of modern health and how it can help them live a better

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