Throughout this short summer semester of class, I have learned so much and have absorbed a lot of knowledge that will forever be instilled in me. I think the most important thing I learned was about explanatory models. I believe that this simple doing has so much impact on every single situation, big or small. Every culture, every religion, every illness, every individual, has their own explanatory model and way of looking at life and everything consumed within. I enjoyed this course because it really opened my eyes to how important someone else’s outlook is, in order to be treated the right way and in a way that is comfortable and respectable. Someone may look at medicine and think it is a doctor saving a life and another person may look at drugs and think they are wrong and won’t be the cure. It is true, doctors do what they can to prolong life, but to some cultures using technology takes away an individuals integrity by prolonging what was meant to be spiritually and a passage of their soul to the next life. There are so many different perspectives in the world, each one unique to that individual and I learned how important taking someone else’s explanatory model into consideration is life enduring. Just like in lecture from week 6, how Doctor Rodgers patients are 70% Hmong and he is highly talked about within their culture as being an amazing doctor. He takes the Hmong peoples perspectives into mind when giving care by avoiding c-sections as much as possible and even giving the mothers their placenta in a plastic bag after birthing. These are some of their rituals that are very important, which Doctor Rodgers had no relation to, but still never questioned their traditions. He never forced conventional medicine on his patients and when asked why, he simply said, “its their bodies” (Lecture 2.1).
I will definitely take everything learned into consideration at all times in my future and when in the field of public health, which will be extremely beneficial. Another point that really opened up my mind was to learn about so much about other cultures and healthcare, making me realize how fortunate I am to live in the United States and get the healthcare that I can. Although we have access to healthcare, it does not mean we have the best care. I found this article that would be very beneficial, it talks about how it is instilled in our minds that America’s healthcare is the best just because that is all most of us know. We only compare ours with third world countries. In this article, it compares with other places such as Britain. “We spend $2.3 trillion annually on health care, about 18 percent of our Gross Domestic Product and more than twice what most advanced nations spend. This is roughly $8,500 per person in the U.S. compared to $5,670 in Norway and $5,645 in Switzerland, the two next-highest countries” (Kantarjian, 2014). Along with other facts in this article, this one really stood out to me, where does all that money go and why aren’t there more cures. This would be an for more insight on healthcare differences between not only American and third world countries but comparing with the next highest countries.
Kantarjian, Hagop. “An Unhealthy System.” US News. N.p., 30 May 2014. Web. 16 Aug. 2016.