Socioeconomic Disparities In Health Care

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Health Care Struggles/Current Initiatives 1. Adler,Nancy & Newman , Katherine (2002). Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Pathways and Policies Health Affairs, 21 N. 2, 60 - 76 This article focuses generally on socioeconomic disparities in health and does not specifically single out women in its discussion. From other research we know that the issues that face all low income people disproportionately impact women, therefore information regarding low socioeconomic populations in general do provide information about women. In this paper Adler and Newman examine the many pathways in which socioeconomic status impacts health and implications for policy. The paper identifies four key causes of morbidity; Biological determinant, health care,…show more content…
Additionally the article gives an insightful view into how states are implementing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The article provides helpful clarification between both statutes and how each statute affects the other. Health care reform in the United States will include Children. Understanding the pros and cons of the current system for children will be critical. 3. Barack Obama’s proposed health care reform initiative. [Available on-line; last visited Apr] The website provides the goals that President Obama has for health care. The plan is not a complete over haul of the system, it instead attempts to increase the number of insured people will cutting down the cost of existing coverage. Ideas include requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, require more businesses to provide coverage while attempting to offset those costs with tax breaks, and establish a national health insurance exchange that would allow small businesses to collectively buy into a larger group plan. The ideas for cutting costs include moving the country to an electronic system, focus on preventative health, and reduce prescription costs through…show more content…
Ani B. Satz, The limits of Health Care Reform, 59 Ala. L. Rev. 1451 (2008). This article takes on the challenges of healthcare reform directly pointing out the many challenges that face would be reformers. The author lays out the US system and its faults, pointing out that the US spends $1.9 trillion dollars on healthcare, 16.9% of our GDP, and 60% our total healthcare expenditures. Despite these facts, we are far from universal coverage. The author contends that our insurance system which attempts to cover everyone by providing minimal healthcare services. The article identifies two approaches for reform of the system. The first is addresses a paradox in the system and argues that there be greater access to some of the very technologies elevating the costs of health care under the current system, namely, high technology health care services. The author states that predictive measures need to be available to all in order to improve outcomes and ultimately reduce prices. Second, the author contends that the system must be altered to allow patients the ability to choose from a wide range of effective basic health care

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