Importance Of Health Disparities

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Have you seen any evidence of health disparities in your workplace or in your personal life? Have you witnessed any assumptions or stereotypes regarding the behaviors of people who are impoverished?
This chapter is definitely thought provoking. I found it mind blogging to read about such a high prevalence of health disparities among minorities, Hispanics and African American. After experiencing health disparities in India, I was under the notion that its only prevalent in developing countries. It was distressful to learn and experience the segregation of healthcare services in America. In developing country, healthcare services are based on out-of-pocket payment. The clients with higher socioeconomic status (SES) can afford expensive healthcare
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It could be a part of their culture to endure pain or consider home remedies instead of allopathic drugs before reporting about pain or discomfort to the healthcare practitioners. As these residents don’t report any pain or discomfort, it is assumed by the healthcare practitioners that they are feeling well and their needs are met. They are stereotyped as “non-complainer” which can be dangerous to the well-being of these residents. Furthermore, inconsistent translator services create a communication barrier resulting in delayed medical care with can be fatal. The insensitivity and subconscious bias of the healthcare provider and institutions to various cultures can negatively influence quality of care in these institutions.

2. Are you in agreement with the authors ' perspective on the causes of health disparities or do you have another perspective that contradicts their position?
As stated by LaVeist (2005) that defining cause of health disparities is complex and multitudes of variables are responsible for creating health disparities. I agree with the author’s perspective on several variables contributing to health disparities (socio-environmental, psychological/behavioral, and bio-physiological). Further, these categories are interweaving of social, institutional, provider, and individual level (Leavitt, 2010,
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Even though with the advances in the field of pharmacology the disparities from bio-cultural aspect is daunting. Societal cause of disparities based on educational level, environment, SES, social issues, access to preventive care and routine care, geographical location which causes inequality. Though poverty in America is relative are people usually have access to basic things (Leavitt, 2010). In developing countries, poverty is so severe that the basic human right for food, water and shelter cannot be met. This gap between being poor to middle class is

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