I received a 3/10 on the Health Equity quiz. I was surprised at how off I was on some of the statistics and how much I needed to be further educated on these subjects. The quiz really opened my eyes to things that are going on in the world outside of our culture. I found it shocking that half of all health care dollars in the world are spent by the U.S. I found this shocking that the U.S. has possession of so much money for healthcare yet some citizens are still not receiving healthcare at all. There is a huge controversy going on in our country concerning health care so this really opened my eyes and made me question where all this money is really going.
I chose to discuss the documentary In Sickness and In Wealth. The documentary discusses income in correlation to ones health. Certain health disadvantages were common if not doubled in lower class societies. Some of these health risks common in low class societies included heart disease and obesity. The video really made an emphasis on how changes in social environment can change ones health circumstances. Just because a country may be more developed does not mean that all it’s citizens are receiving equally the best health care. It really depends on the individual’s wealth.
Social status and income play such a large part in health treatment. Those who are wealthy enough can have availability to the best health care. Getting regular visits to the doctor and treatment whenever needed is key to being healthy. Those with a larger income can also afford to eat better food, such as fruits and vegetables, that are much more expensive. Someone with a lower income may not only have worse healthcare, but are also more stressed out, causing their health conditions to be worse. Wealth plays a major role in health circumstances, so those who are capable of receiving proper health care are very lucky.