I did okay on the Health Equity Quiz. I got seven questions out of ten correct. I found it surprising that the United States went from top five in life expectancy to 29th in 50 years. You would think that life expectancy would continue to get better not worse. I also thought it was interesting that Latino immigrants though poorer, have better health than the average American, but then just being here for five years causes their health to decline.
The” In Sickness and in Wealth” episode discussed the relationship between health and wealth. It showed a little bit of the lives of a CEO, an unemployed mother, a janitor, and a lab supervisor in Louisville Kentucky trying to demonstrate how class affects peoples’ health. They said there is a health-wealth gradient that showed there is a 3-5 year life expectancy difference between the rich and middle classes, and a ten year difference between the rich and people at or below the poverty line. This pattern is similar for the occurrence of different diseases as well. They discussed the factors associated with poor health like education, diet, environmental hazards, unsafe living conditions, and lack of control over work and schedule. According to the video all of these things tied back to wealth and are all “inextricably intertwined”.
Politics, economics, environment, culture, biology and individual choice are all very connected when it comes to illness. Politics and government can lead to the development, spread, and or treatment of illness. According to the video, the gap in wealth leads to issues with health and they, “arise as a result of policies or the absence of policies that create these enormous inequalities and resources.” And policies in other countries have helped bridge the wealth gap. For example, they mentioned Ireland having free college education and how education is one of the factors affecting health. Individual choices can lead to illnesses like smoking, or they can help prevent illness like good diet and exercise. Hazardous environments can easily cause and spread illness, like poor water quality. And as we learned last week culture can determine the types of treatment someone will choose.
arise as a result of policies or
the absence of policies that create these enormous inequalities and resources