Episode summary introduction:
We are about to put a spotlight on dispairites. Wanting to educate anyone that we can on the inequality in our healthcare system. You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. With COVID in the news all the time, disparities are now at the forefront. We can no longer turn a blind eye and choose to believe it does not exist.
Statistics regarding disparities and access to healthcare based on the high cost of healthcare, inadequate, inaccessible, and unequal healthcare treatment for racial and ethnic groups. The economic gap between the rich and poor grows wider by the day.
The United States leads the world in the largest income-based health disparities. According to the research articles mentioned in our references, 1 in every 5 ppl in the bottom ⅓ of income report skipping medical treatment d/t cost, while only 1 out of 25 ppl skipped treatment d/t cost in the top ⅓. Rural counties in America makeup 20% of those who are at higher risk due to lack of health insurance, preventative care, specialty care and scarce job opportunity. Topic 3:
We discuss headline news and articles that have been brought to the forefront regarding disparities and inequality in healthcare.
Disparities can be fixed. It will be fixed, in time; however, while we are waiting, people are literally dying. As healthcare providers, our job is to care for the person that is in front of us. Period. The only reason race/ethnicity should be brought into play, is to help with diagnostics. If we know that sickle cell mostly affects african americans, then yes, that is relevant. However, the care for an individual should not change due to their race or ethnicity.
Additional Resources Mentioned: https://www.thebalance.com/health-care-inequality-facts-types-effect-solution-4174842
“Health, Income, & Poverty: Where We Are & What Could Help, " Health Affairs Health Policy Brief, October 4, 2018.
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