quality control based on the ability of smugglers to come to the United States and sell illegal prescriptions. This is really frightening as you do not really know what you are taking or if they drugs are approved. Does anyone have family members or friends that has more insight on how the regulation process for medication works? Reference: Matalon, L. (2014, February 18). Drug smugglers have a new cargo: Cheap prescription meds from Mexico. Retrieved October 22, 2015, from - medicine/ Reply | Quote & Reply Oct 21, 2015 08:46 PM 0 Like Terrie Spivey 4 posts Re:Topic 2 DQ 1 In reading the article, “Health Disparity and Structural Violence: How Fear Undermines Health Among Immigrants at Risk for Diabetes,” three main dimensions were identified and further discussed regarding fear in relation to diabetes and health disparities.
The first identified dimension was cost. “Because of the economic insecurity, one of the prominent dimensions of fear to emerge during interviews and focus groups was in relation to the financial burden associated with illness” (Page-Reeves et al., 2011). This is a known fact in the United States today. A lot of people do not seek medical care because of the cost. Individuals that are living paycheck to paycheck have to choose from basic necessities or going to the doctor’s office. In turn, hospitals are seeing more patients who are sicker being admitted because they have waited so long to seek medical treatment. Unfortunately, some individuals have waited too long and are septic and die. Another identified dimension was language, discrimination and immigration status. The language barrier between health care workers and individuals who can’t speak English does make it difficult when trying to find out what is going on with the individual to provide appropriate health care. This is a reason that those individuals don’t seek medical care until they become acutely ill. Also, individuals who lack the appropriate records for being in the United States are scared to seek health care. The last identified dimension is cultural disconnect. The fear of the judgements by health care providers or workers for using home remedies to treat diseases or conditions. The huge concern with this is the provider prescribing a medication that might have a reaction with a home remedy medicine that the individual is taking and the physician knows nothing about. I do agree that structural violence perpetuates health disparity. Structural violence is the result of policy and social arrangements that put individuals in harm’s way. This will always be the case until this nation looks at offering health care at a low cost to everyone. Could we have clinics where if you didn’t have health insurance you could still be seen?
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