question/ recent research indicates that inequalities in health are widening. Discuss the factors in society that may account for the persistence of health inequalities.
use examples to illustrate your answer.
its for an essay, would just like to see different views on this as obviously, gepgraphical location plays a major part in inequalities in the health service.
any views, examples that you may have come across would be great.
i'm trying to think back...
we covered issues such as low-income families tend to live in poorer quality housing which leads to health problems (no heating, damp etc) and they also tend to have a poorer diet.
differences between inner city housing (pollution etc) and living in the countryside
all to do with the haves and have nots really. if u think about the determinants of health depend on things like education, employment, housing, socio economic status , ethnicity etc,
example there is a higher amount of infant mortality in the poorer socioeconomic classes, there is a higher amount of mental health problems in the long term unemployed,
there is a relation of poor educational attainment in the those suffering long term chronic disease.
i.e. think of miners (possibly forced down the pits at young age unable or not allowed to complete their education ) and many who now suffer debilitating chest problems etc
interesting data on 'neighbourhood statistics' and DOH site
in equalities in health i would also think postcode lottery etc
One of the factors accounting for health inequalities is that the articulate 'chattering' classes know how to work the system, 'relate' better to the Medical Staff, and are more clued up on health issues.
There is a disproportionately higher take up rate of health services amongst the middle classes (even though the needs are greater in the poorer sections of society)