When I took the Health Equality Quiz I got a 7 out 10. The question which I found the most surprising was the one about the differences among life expectancy for various counties. There was a side note about the difference in a county in new jersey having a 33 year long life expectancy than another county in North Dakota. To me something that drastic shows just much inequality in health care we have here in the United States. Just because of affluence someone can on average live almost a generation longer than another is kind of ridiculous. I understand that class distinctions are necessary and common place but they should not have such a strong effect on an individual’s life.
The Case study that I found the most interesting was entitled “Not just a paycheck”. This segment focused on a major refrigeration company that closed down their American factory in order to move overseas. This resulted in lots of people being laid off a few years from retirement unable to receive their full pensions and stuck taking minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet. For many this caused them to live on fifty percent or less of their normal (prior to layoff) income. While many of these upper middle class families moved out because they could no longer afford the taxes, much of the lakefront property was being redeveloped into larger homes. No only did this clip give a view to the urbanization of the property but it also the effect that the psychological stress had on the laid off employees. Some struggled with depression, drinking issues, and even health problems from internalized stress such as headaches and jaw clenching.
The spread and treatment of a disease or illness incorporates many factors: politics, economics, environment, and culture. Policies development can lead to ordinances that require quarantines, or vaccines, or even provide general health care for citizens. By enacting these things the spread of disease is halted, or slowed down so that not as many can be infected. Politics also impacts which drugs are permitted for prescribed use. The economy can impact what policies would be passed. It can also affect drug development, if a company is worried about losing its patent on one of its major drugs they may redesign it to sell it under different circumstances, as was done with the drug BiDil. By spending time designing narcotics companies are missing opportunities to discover the cure for something else.