I received a 5/10 on the health equality quiz. Many of the answers I had to guess between two I thought would be correct. The most surprising answer to me was that recent Latino immigrants had the best health in America. I expected that white Americans would have had the better health because this is many times classified as the ethnicity with the greatest wealth. I also did not expect America would have been so low of the life expectancy chart, I though we would have been in the top 10 with our medical technology.
In the unnatural causes video titled “not just a paycheck”, the town of Greenville, Michigan was shown to have health struggles due to its economic decline. This video was interesting to me because Greenville is not far from my house and I meet many people from Greenville through my work. After outsourcing many factory jobs to Mexico to increase corporate wealth, many workers in Greenville lost their income as well as health benefits, leading to a decline in their overall public health. The video showed that money alone was not the cause of decline in health but that it leads to stress eating/drinking, depression, anxiety, and other forms of illness. The people in Greenville were compared to those in Sweden whom also lost factory jobs. People in Sweden pay much higher taxes, but after being laid off work receive a higher unemployment check, making them less stressed to find work and worry about providing for their family. The Swedish people interviewed seem surprised at how our system works and even the Americans seemed to think we do not have a good system in place. The Swedish system has shown to have a positive outcome as Sweden has generally healthier individuals as well as a longer life expectancy by 3 years.
The factors such as a steady income, even with without a job, is an example of a non-genetic factor that shows the difference in health disparities. There is not such a large gap between rich and poor in Sweden as is the case in America. This greater equality seems to be affecting their health in a positive way.