In sickness and Health

I watched the sickness and health and didnt realize the big of a difference that Americans faced of health between the wealthy and the poor. The fact that standard americans are ok with their health living in middle class status compared to the rest of the country. The social ladder is a major affect on life than I once thought. The people at the top are living much longer and a healthier and relaxed lifestyle compared to those that are at the bottom even those that are in the middle class. The life expectancy are 2 years longer of the college graduates compared to high school graduates.

As Americans as a whole, Life expectancy is all dependent on wealth, income and the social class one belongs to. But when we look at it in detail, we see that when it is broken down by the race, the life expectancy between races and the types of causes of death increases and a major difference within the social class and the income class.

TABLE 3. Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Whites of other Race and Ethnic Groups Compared to

for Selected Causes of Death and for Ratios Whites, 2000

WHITE

AFRICAN AMERICAN

AMERICAN INDIAN

ASIAN

HISPANIC

WHITE, NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO

ALL CAUSES

849.8

1.32

0.84

0.60

0.78

1.01

Diseases of heart

253.4

1.28

0.70

0.58

0.77

1.01

Ischemic heart disease

185.6

1.17

0.70

0.59

0.83

1.01

Cerebrovascular diseases

58.8

1.39

0.77

0.90

0.79

1.00

Malignant neoplasms

Trachea, bronchus, and lung

197.2

56.2

1.26

1.13

0.65

0.58

0.62

0.50

0.68

0.44

1.02

1.04

Colon, rectum, and anus

20.3

1.38

0.66

0.63

0.70

1.01

Prostate

27.8

2.45

0.71

0.45

0.78

1.01

Breast

26.3

1.31

0.52

0.47

0.64

1.02

Chronic lower respiratory diseases

46.0

0.68

0.71

0.40

0.46

1.03

Influenza and pneumonia

23.5

1.08

0.95

0.84

0.88

1.00

Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis

9.6

0.98

2.53

0.37

1.72

0.94

Diabetes mellitus

22.8

2.17

1.82

0.72

1.62

0.96

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease

2.8

8.32

0.79

0.21

2.39

0.79

Unintentional injuries

Motor vehicle-related injuries

35.1

15.6

1.07

1.00

1.46

1.75

0.51

0.55

0.86

0.94

1.01

1.00

Suicide

11.3

0.49

0.87

0.49

0.52

1.06

Homicide

3.6

5.69

1.89

0.83

2.08

0.78

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2003. Health, United States, 2003. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, Table 29.

One of the biggest factors that seems to have a major impact on that is stress. Its proven that more stress is associated with the class of a lower income level. People or most families will be working more than one job, not enough time with their family and increasing aging quicker. This alone takes a toll on a person and you see a decline in life expectancy. Due to this, you can see how families of the wealthier class are living a longer and more relaxed life. Even though stress is available in everyone from the low to high income classes, the amount of stress is what hurts a person. Constant and chronic stress is what hurts the person and is more in the lower social class of the Americans, where in contrast the wealthier class has stress, but not to that extent. The stress hurts the body to an extent that it is easily detected through the cells in the blood and hormone levels in a person due to the social level they are in.

 

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  1. Rebecca Chockley says:

    My solution to the problem as you described it is both political and economical. It has to involve everyone acting through our government. Increasing the level of involvement of our population would go a long way toward improving our current situation of health disparity. We need socioeconomic policies that will help shrink the gap between the classes. Health care costs need to be brought under control. Providing more preventative care to everyone will decrease our overall spending on health care. Right now we have legislation that requires all emergency rooms to treat patients until they are stable regardless of their ability to pay for the care they receive. This often leads many people to wait until they are severely ill before they can get treated. These late stage measures are often more expensive then the relatively simple preventative measures that could have saved these people from getting sick to begin with. Having a healthier population leads to greater Gross National Product. This increase in productivity could help pay for the costs a better healthcare system. The downside is that the programs would need to be funded first before any potential gains could be made. It will be difficult to sell the public on a program that will be very costly in order to attain some very lofty and seemingly unrealistic goals. Improved healthcare needs to be tied to improved pricing. Medical and drug companies need to make a profit to sustain research initiatives but they don’t need the amounts that they have been making recently. If the costs are brought down, then more people can afford to seek treatment before the struggle through a lifetime of disability and lack of productivity. This will reduce the number of people that require assistance from the government program while simultaneously reducing the cost of the treatment for those that still need help. This two fold reduction in cost of the program could make it feasible. We need to give it try even though it will be expensive at the start.

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