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2) Social Inequality - Sociologists have found an inverse correlation between mental problems and social class. The lower class bear many stresses that come with poverty; compared to middle- and upper-class Americans, the poor have less job security, lower wages, more unpaid bills and insistent bill collectors, more divorce, greater vulnerability to crime, more alcoholism, more violence, and more physical illness. Such conditions deal severe blows to people’s emotional well-being. 3) Malpractice Suits and Defensive Medicine - Physicians frequently practice defensive medicine – medical practices done not for the patient’s benefit but in order to protect a physician from malpractice suits – adding several billion dollars to the nation’s annual medical bill. 4) Medical Incompetence
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Unformatted text preview: - Medical incompetence is extensive and fatal. The Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, reports that each year between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die at the hands of doctors. If the number of Americans killed by medical errors were an official classification of death, it would rank as one of the top ten leading causes of death. 5) Depersonalization: The Medical Cash Machine- One of the main criticisms leveled against the medical profession is depersonalization – the practice of dealing with people as though they were cases and diseases rather than as individuals. People feel that the physician is impatiently counting minutes and tabulating dollars so that he or she can move to the next patient and make more money....
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  • Fall '10
  • Bernhardt
  • Physician, malpractice suits, defensive medicine, medical incompetence, lower class bear, Medical Cash Machine

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