I got a 7/10 on the Health Equity Quiz. The statistic that I found most surprising was how much we actually spend on health care compared to other industrialized countries. It’s surprising of how much we actually spend due to the amount of people that are sick. I never really thought about how the number of people that are sick affects how much we pay for health care. The case study of unnatural causes I chose was “Not Just a Paycheck”. A refrigerator factory in Greenville, Michigan moved to Juarez, Mexico to cut labor cost and to increase their profit, the company was called Electrolux Corporation. Due to over 3,000 people losing their jobs, the hospitals began to get an increase in caseloads from depression, alcoholism, stress levels, domestic abuse, and heart disease. Compared to other countries, the impact of losing their jobs is completely different than the people that lost their job at Electrolux in Michigan. For example, when Electrolux shut down one of their factories in Sweden, it hardly affected them. The workers that were laid off were able to collect unemployment and still receive 80% of their salary. They were also able to get training and education from new jobs. The major difference between Sweden and America is that we are left to survive on our own. As you can tell, unemployment has a negative effect on people’s health. I think that these health disparities are also influenced by non-genetic factors such as social factors that have a potential of effecting health. In this situation it was losing their jobs to have their health to spiral downward. In other situations the health disparities are influenced by genetic factors, in this class it is not. Ones income or education has no effect on their genes, however, it does play a role in health.