Final Exam study guide
The final exam will consist of 6-8 short answer questions. Please bring bluebooks
Why are poor people more likely to be sick?
Poor people are more likely to be sick because of the condition of living. Generally
speaking, a poorer person is struggling to make ends meet financially, and therefore
going through some rough things health-wise. For example, a poor person might have to
work two or three jobs daily, causing exhaustion which weakens the immune system.
While working, they wouldn’t be able to eat anything incredibly nutritious cheaply, since
most cheap food readily available is bad for you. Also, since they spend the day being out
in the open doing various things, there is an extensive amount of interaction between
them and other people who carry more germs, which, combined with their weakened
immune system, is more likely to cause sickness than someone who was initially and
consistently doing healthy things for their body. Also, due to the growing cost of health
care and medication, it is very likely that when a poor person gets sick, they will be
unable to afford proper treatment, and conditions can either persist or get worse if it’s
serious enough. Considering that the medical system in the United States requires
insurance, those unable to afford insurance are noticeably poor to some, and hospitals
could reject them based on looks alone if they believe they cannot afford the visitation.
Why are people who are minorities more likely to be sick?
Minorities are more likely to be sick because our health care system is profit-oriented
rather than need-based. According to common (and fallible) belief, minorities are
considered to be poorer than the United States’ majority of Caucasians. Because of this
initial judgment, some insurance and healthcare advising cases are determined, borderline
or not, by race alone. If doctors and physicians see a patient as not being worth it for a
profit, they tend to be less motivated to see the patient promptly or give a serious medical
evaluation of the person.
Not sure if this should be used: There was a study released in August 2007 in Chicago
regarding the correlation between religious doctors (those more likely and prone to attend
religious services and be involved in their religion) and poor or underprivileged patients.
According to this study, religious doctors were not more likely to show compassion to
those that were poor, without insurance, or on Medicaid. This is good evidence to show
that our healthcare system is profit-based, which causes multiple levels of discrimination