Privilege, Inequity and Health Care (Double Participation)

Published October 8, 2014 by djlwsu

How do these videos highlight the connection between race, class, geography and health inequities


6 comments on “Privilege, Inequity and Health Care (Double Participation)

  • In the first video, the documentary talked about the situation with health care inequality in the bronxs. One of the main issues was having a different health care and as a result, receiving unequal treatment. An example of this was when the man said he had one type of health plan, it would take him months to be seen while if he had another, he would be seen the following week. What is confusing is why this is happening in the bronx, while other hospitals will see everyone and give the same quality of treatment.
    With the other two videos, an issue that came up was how the equity needs to be raised instead of limiting or denying treating a person based how they are graphed in either race, education, geography, transportation, housing and so on.


  • How do these videos highlight the connection between race, class, geography and health inequities
    These three videos clearly illustrate the relationship between race, class, geography, and health care. In the first video, someone reported that a black male will tend to live six years shorted than his white neighbor. This was shocking to me because they are not given the same resources. New York City especially is know for poor health treatment to minorities. By separating patients into two different clinics, private and training, they are basically separating people by their race. Ed Ehinger described this situation as an example of institutional racism. This is Institutional racism because it is set into our system. Even though not everywhere has as bad of a health care system as New York, We can see a common trend in un equal health care services by the fact that babies born to women of color are three times more likely to die at birth than those babies born to white woman.


  • How do these videos highlight the connection between race, class, geography and health inequities

    In all three of these videos it has been made very clear that the connection between race, class, geography and health inequalities are major factors between what type of healthcare an individual and their families receive. The first video takes place in Bronx, NY and in this video we learn that an African American male lives about six years less than his white neighbor. I find this statistic to be extremely appalling. One lady who was a cancer survivor described her experiences with healthcare to be “separate and unequal”. In the second video we listen to a presentation given by Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of MDH, about how essential it is that we advance health equity. Ed goes on to talk about how we need to strengthen relationships and develop partnerships in order to move away from institutional racism. For the final video, we hear Colin Campbell quote The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that “depending on where you fall on the economic spectrum can determine the difference between being healthy, sick, or dying”. He then goes on to state that black babies are three times more likely to die than infants born to woman of other ethnicities. In conclusion, it has been made very clear in these three videos that there are very unethical decisions being made that are costing people’s lives due to a lack of proper healthcare in our society and it’s lacking recognition to the public.


  • I never truly considered the idea that there are racial, geographical, or class inequities when it comes to our health system. But these videos made me aware of the connection between these aspects. For example, there is a specific relation between race and getting the necessary health treatments. The fact that black males tend to live six years shorter than white males, and babies born to a woman of color is three times as likely to die at birth than babies born into other ethnicities. These facts prove that there is a significant difference in how blacks are medically treated compared to how non-blacks are medically treated. And many people point to how clinics are set up as the cause of these inequities. By designing clinics to separate patients into two categories; private and training, we are systematically categorizing people based on limited knowledge on their situation or history.


  • These videos make evident the connection between your socio-economic standing usually on the basis of race and how it effects the type of health care you will receive. Certain races like that of a Mexicans or black people, will typically be seen to have the same sort of jobs. People who don’t get a strong education may end up in low quality jobs. If a job that is often tied with a certain race is low wage, it probably wont have good health benefits either. A lack of health benefits is not good enough to sustain an individual or family. So with that your socio-economic standing often determines how healthy you are or will be in the future. In one of the videos we hear about a man who called a place to get a doctors appointment but was told he had to wait till September even though it was April because he had state insurance. That same man called back and said he had United Health Care from his job and had an appointment scheduled for the very next week. When you take a look at case like that, one is able to see that there is privilege that comes with having a good job. With that being said, those races such as white who are in communities that give high level education opportunities and options meant for the wealthy will end up with the high paying, successful careers. The average African American is said to live six year less than a white person. That just proves that when given better health care opportunities because of wealth which is originated from certain racial superiorities, some people will be more privileged and better off then others.


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