I actually didn’t do so well on the Health Equity quiz as I got more questions wrong than correct. (Opps!) The most surprising statistic was that U.S. life expectancy ranks only 29th in the world. My understanding is that we’re considered one of the most developed countries with state of the art technology and science to combat diseases and have good health. However, that does not seem to be the case. Another statistic that stood out to me was recent Latino immigrants, though poorer, have better health than the average American. It just sounds or seems like an outlier, as it doesn’t support the original theory, which is Caucasians from a higher class, have the best “health” in comparison.
One of the case studies that I watched and felt was worth of discussion was actually the first episode, which was “In Sickness and In Wealth.” This episode looked into the hierarchy based on accessibility to health services in Louisville, Kentucky. So does someone’s job or background influence if one is healthy or ill? And yea it does matter actually. Based on the episode and from what I understood that the general consensus was that an individual from a higher socioeconomic status live healthier and longer lives in comparison to people who are living at a lower socioeconomic status, as they got sick more often. This is all because of access to availability of resources. Health care in America, unfortunately does not stand by it’s motto which land of the free. Health care and its facilities can be pricey and in addition, it does not help when there’s a huge wealth gap in America. There was a mother who living off a very low income and it discussed how she started developing all these health-related issues especially when she first lost her job. She has now been diagnosed with hypertension There was also some racial disparity discussed in the episode and revealed that “African Americans die earlier and have higher rates than whites of many chronic diseases across the social gradient. “