I can confidently say I got a 50% on the Health Equity Quiz. I managed to get every other question right which I would say is pretty good. I think the most surprising statistic I came across on the quiz was that the U.S. spends two and a half times as much per person on health care compared to the average of the other industrialized countries. I figured we paid more given that people seek care for the most minor things but I didn’t know it was so much!
The case study I am choosing to summarize is titled, “Not Just a Paycheck”. I am particularly drawn to this film because money is something I take very seriously when it comes to spending where the rest of my family is very careless in regards to it and are most likely naïve to the things mentioned in the film. This case study talked about a large plant in Michigan being closed down to relocate to Mexico so the company could end up making more money. In the eyes of most it seems like an easy problem, a large plan closes and all the workers are out of a job and therefore out of a paycheck but that isn’t actually the case. The employees ended up being left with an array of health problems that weren’t existent before their unemployment. They started to become stressed and depressed because they were out of a job and had no income so some people started gaining weight from excessive eating, drinking and smoking to cope. These behaviors along with others started to effect their health in negative ways and could have ultimately developed into diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stoke and kidney disease. They could have also developed behaviors that lead to suicide. The video came to a close by asking the question, “Why are the unemployed in America forced to fend for themselves?” This is such a real question because it shouldn’t be the jobs of the unemployed to find a new job and security and benefits. Their company left them with literally nothing and now all the employees are suffering in more ways than one. The company did send three million dollars for start up businesses to try to help but they mad little to no difference.
I believe the observed health disparities from the film can partly be explained by non-genetic factors. A lot of what is going on in my opinion is due to environmental, social and cultural factors. The newly unemployed are used to working all day everyday in a plant that most likely exposes them to harmful chemicals which puts a toll on the body. They have also transitioned from being mobile for a majority of the day to sitting around and doing nothing waiting to find a new job. One lady in the film mentioned that she is at the highest weight she’s been in in her whole life because she isn’t working which again, puts a toll on the body. It also seems like a lot of the unemployed are friends and continue to hang out which means they are all dwell together and have similar habits being without a job. Having other people who engage in the same behaviors as yourself makes it really hard to stop engaging in it.