The Relationship Between Socioeconomic Status And Health Care Coverage
As costs of health care increases faster than the U.S. economy can keep up, more and more low-income individuals are unable to afford necessary medical care. Consequently, numerous studies have been conducted to examine the relationship between income inequality and health care coverage. Many of these studies have found that those who are unable to afford suitable health care are more likely to delay care, to get less care, and to die when they get sick (Feder, 2009). Using the data provided by the Central Texas Sustainability Project (CTSIP), this paper seeks to identify and analyze patterns between socioeconomic status and health care coverage through the use of two different sociological perspectives.
There are two prevalent sociological perspectives that provide possible explanations for income inequality and health care coverage. Functionalists believe that society is composed of various parts that all function together in order to maintain order and social stability (Henslin, 2013). In other words, everything in society serves a function, and if all components work together and serve their function, this creates a harmonious society. Different from the functionalist perspective, conflict theorists believe that there is a constant power struggle between the ‘have’ and the ‘have nots’ in society, where institutions work to preserve social order. In other words, everyone is in constant competition for scarce…