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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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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2010 for the course SOC 200 taught by Professor Marrone during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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