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SOC 200 – Medicine and Society Social Inequality and Health January 27, 2010 Medical Sociology – What’s happening in health care and how does it affect different people? Potential Consequences: Depression goes undiagnosed, people commit suicide, and people don’t get vaccines Behavior affects health - Dental care related to heart disease - Smoking increases risk for cancer Morbidity (sickness) VS Mortality (death) How do our behavior and healthcare system affect the rates of both? - We spend more on healthcare than most other countries - Rise of chronic illness (rise of morbidity) o Chronic illness must be managed AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes
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Unformatted text preview: Type II diabetes – late onset and weight and other lifestyle factor related Chronic illness is more expensive because of the amount of money it takes to manage illness with routine check-ups, medication and other interventions We are an aging population. As a society, the US is living longer than it ever has before. The rate of aging is exceeding the rate of death.-Age related illness then increases Distribution Problems: Are there social factors (gender, religion, SES, etc) that affect the rates of morbidity and mortality?-Why do white women live longer than black men and women?-More women in nursing homes...
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