Ch 8 Health Care handouts

Ch 8 Health Care handouts - 4/11/2009 Introduction to...

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4/11/2009 1 Introduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Health Care Services 1 One in six Americans has inadequate access to health care. 2 Approximately 45 million Americans are uninsured. 3
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4/11/2009 2 During the last century, social workers were among the most vocal advocates for a universal comprehensive health care system. 4 Health Care in America Defining Health Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being. 5 Health Care in America The medical model dictates that the “sickness” is located in the patient, and the physician has the authority to heal or cure it. 6
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4/11/2009 3 Health Care in America The wellness model places the authority and responsibility for health in each individual and emphasizes prevention 7 Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality The United States rations health care on the basis of socioeconomic on the basis of socioeconomic status. Poverty is definitely hazardous to a person’s mental and physical health. 8 Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality On average, people in lower socio- economic groups have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory infections, epilepsy, and certain types of cancer, among other diseases. 9
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4/11/2009 4 Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality Two-thirds of poor workers do not receive health insurance from their receive health insurance from their employers. 10 Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality Women of color have poorer health, use fewer health services, and have disproportionately high premature death, disease, and disability rates compared to Caucasian women. 11
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