Chapter 8 Health Care

Chapter 8 Health Care - Introduction to Social Work...

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Introduction to Social Work Becoming a Change Agent Health Care Services 1
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One in six Americans has inadequate access to health care. 2
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Approximately 45 million Americans are uninsured. 3
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During the last century, social workers were among the most vocal advocates for a universal comprehensive health care system. 4
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Health Care in America Defining Health Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being. 5
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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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Health Care in America The wellness model places the authority and responsibility for health in each individual and emphasizes prevention 7
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Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality The United States rations health care on the basis of socioeconomic status. Poverty is definitely hazardous to a person’s mental and physical health. 8
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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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Health Care in America The Effect of Social Inequality Two-thirds of poor workers do not receive health insurance from their employers. 10
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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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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course SOCW 200 taught by Professor Brethwaite during the Spring '10 term at George Mason.

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