Section 9-26 - Reading Response 5 Bio&Soc205 Section 11 The...

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Bio&Soc205 Reading Response 5 Section 11 The articles from this week’s readings share an important theme within medical care: the poor. Abelson points out that those who have low income often have greatest healthcare needs, yet the least ability to meet them. In America, this is a prominent issue. Without access to free healthcare, low SES families and their employers struggle to find a balance between life, food, and health. They may even find, as did Leland’s Dorsett family, that even with insurance, they still don’t have enough money to provide adequate health care and basic necessities for their family. But, whose responsibility is it? Abelson shows that though it may in part be the responsibility of the employer, the employers themselves (GMC, Wal-Mart, and Starbucks, for example) are having their own difficulties meeting standard healthcare needs. Jones points to the State. He says, “In terms of actual numbers of fatalities, disease constitutes more of a threat than does war.” He makes a strong argument that just as national security and local threats are the
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2009 for the course B&SOC 205 taught by Professor Hilgartner, s during the Fall '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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