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Week 12 lecture - Enduring Minority Status: Health...

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Enduring Minority Status: Health Disparities Sociology 108 Professor Catherine lee Week 12
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Health disparities • Population- or group-specific differences in presence of disease, health outcomes, or access to health care.
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Why should we care about health disparities? • Minority status: indicative or cause • Issues about equality, fairness, justice • Huge expenditures in health care - 15% of GDP - on avg twice of other advanced industrial nations’ costs - BUT not twice as good (in terms of outcomes)
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What are health disparities • Gaps in quality of health • Gaps in quality of health care
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Examples of gaps in quality of health • Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) • Disease incidence, mortality
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Exampls of gaps in quality of health care • Lack of health insurance • Lack of regular physician • Lack of access to high-quality, aggressive care --> Unequal care
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Some reasons for health disparities • Genetics • Poverty • Language barriers • Education and health literacy • Cultural differences/attitudes • Social behaviors • Unequal health care
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Percent of Adults Who Have No Regular Doctor
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Percent of Adults who have Problems Communicating with their Doctor.
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Older African Americans Receive Lower Rate of Surgery And Have Lower Resulting Survival Rate
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