Patients will not buy or take medications if they can not afford it. Many patients who have lost their jobs and health insurance are avoiding prescription drugs or office visits due to there high costs. "People who have lost jobs are putting off preventive care and canceling routine visits, (Carter, R., 2002)" which is very bad because by doing that it will create there condition into more serious illnesses. It's very important to warn patients about dosage when money is tight because some patients split pills to make them last longer. Physicians can also provide free samples, substitute generics whenever appropriate, and refer patients to pharmaceutical company or government assistance programs
The documentary provided clear evidence of the bullying and mental and physical abuse of patients from members of staff at the hospital. Under investigation other failures arose such as patients staying too long and far away from their families/carers, a high rate of physical intervention and a clear management fail with no registered Manager in place, substandard recruitment processes and limited staff training. However, not only were there failures within the hospital, multiple agencies failed to pick up on key warning signs. There was nearly 150 separate incidents including A&E visits by patients, police attendance at the hospital and safeguarding concerns reported to the local council. The general point of view from the report is that there was a complete systematic failure within the establishment which was unacceptable and could have been picked up on earlier by outside agencies.
Health Care System or Illness Treatment Program? Sociology 1000 October 1, 2010 Canada’s Health Care system is gradually growing to be a major concern in today’s society. Many Canadians are without a doctor to help them, and emergency rooms are filled to capacity with no available beds for those who need to be admitted. Wait times for specialists and specialty tests have become so long that a person that has been diagnosed with a serious illness may succumb to that illness before they can be properly treated. Nurses are overworked and understaffed because the government has made cut-backs to the very system that was designed to protect the health of every citizen.
When an employee is bombarded with too many patients under their care, it causes stress to the employee, and as an effect they lose concern for the patient. Many geriatric care facilities are under staffed, and the pay rate is very low compared to other health care professions. Nurse’s aides have a very high job turnover rate which leads to lack of bonding with their patient, and the patient receiving a new caregiver every few months, which will cause confusion to both the patient and the employee. Inadequate staffing is a huge factor and problem in nursing homes. According to the U.S. House of Representatives, majority of nursing homes do not have enough staff to meet the levels recommended by federal officials; the levels recommended are 3.45 nursing hours per patient daily.
“I always ask them why they don’t follow up as instructed and the answer is always the same” says Payne, “They simply can’t get an appointment and when they show up at the clinic in person they are turned away”. Payne mimics the thoughts of Douglass regarding inadequate staffing and shorter clinic hours due to budget cuts and believes that these issues are a grim reality at all three clinics serving the Los Angeles area near LAC/USC. The Urgent Care Clinic operated within the LAC/USC ED itself is also unable to meet the needs of these patients even though it operates at full capacity. Payne confirms that, “Primary care is completely inaccessible for these underserved patients”. She is aware of a new “call back nurse” position being developed in the ED at LAC/USC to provide phone instructions for patients needing to return to the facility for tests and procedures.
The truth is that we have added so many more border patrol agents to protect our borders all around the United States and still illegal immigrants continue to get into our country. Most of them just want to come to the United States and work some just want to raise enough money to take back home to build their own home and provide a better life for their families. We can argue that some crimes are committed by illegal immigrants but the truth is that it’s not just illegal immigrants who are committing crimes and it’s only a small percentage of illegal immigrants who commit these crimes for the simple fact that by being caught will most likely get you a ticket right back into your country that you came from and if you have family out here can cause you to not see them for a very long time. Adding more agents to our borders is not working I do think that it is important to secure our borders from people trying to bring drugs and weapons into this country but trying to
She relayed to me that she was fed up with healthcare in this country and did not understand how she could work hard her whole life and be treated like less than because she had an “HMO”. She too, like me and others, seem to be failed by our medical system currently in place. Sue complains that her HMO is awful and they have withheld care on more than one occasion. She goes on to explain that an HMO insurance only allows you to see certain doctors. The doctors she needs to see, she goes on to say, are not available to her as they do not participate with her insurance, Aetna.
Vulnerable populations include the working poor, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, children, the elderly, the homeless, those chronic health conditions, including HIV/AIDS, not to mention severe mental illness. It may also include rural residents, who often encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The vulnerability of these individuals is enhanced by race, ethnicity, age, sex, and factors such as income, lack of insurance coverage. Their health and healthcare problems overlap with social factors, including inadequate housing, poverty, and poor education. According to a Department of Justice report, prisoners enter the system and bring with them “infectious diseases from underprivileged home environments that are breeding grounds for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis, the three most prevalent communicable diseases in America’s prisons today.” There is a misunderstanding that when a person commits a crime and goes to prison, he or she surrenders all rights.
I choose homelessness for my topic because it is something that even I had to experience at one point in my life. The federal government defines homelessness as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (Martin M, 2007). This definition is for the most part excluding the numerous homeless individual that refuse to live in the shelter systems and take their refuge on the streets. In the 16 and 1700’s many families suffered homelessness due to the war. Children were left without responsible parents and society seemed to disregard what they passed by in the streets.
Vulnerable Populations and Self-Awareness Karen Kennedy NUR 440 January 9, 2012 Dolores Martinez Vulnerable Populations and Self-Awareness When speaking of a vulnerable population, one could think that vulnerable population could be anyone or anything. Patient sub-populations who are at enhanced risk for harm resulting from a disease or condition, or by the effects of a drug, such as people with compromised immune systems (Health Canada, 2011). It also can be thought of as, in the context of an emergency, a person who might need additional assistance because of language barriers, a disability, limited resources or other reason (APHA, 2012). Then it has been said that a group of people with certain characteristics that cause it to be at greater risk of having poor health (Endowment for Health, 2011). Any way that vulnerability is looked upon the bottom line, is that there is a person that is in need of help or assistance.