Health Care Reform

April 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

Before reading this essay, I wasn’t completely aware, though not very surprised, of the vast differences of income that women receive in comparison to men. It doesn’t seem at all logical to have women pay greater proportions for health care expenses when they comprise 58% more medical visits each year, and are more likely to work jobs that don’t offer health care and are of low-income. “The direct result of the way our health care system is structured is that women are more likely than men to be sick and to find health services unattainable.” (p. 604)  I couldn’t agree more.

When taking a closer look at not only the differences in attaining health care, but of the amount of additional money that still has to be dished out for procedures and medications, it’s clear that there are definitely some serious flaws in the wellness industry. I like to think that there will be a system where  if my life was at stake, I wouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for thousands of dollars once I’m back on my feet, but as everything else, it’s a business. They have to make money somewhere, right? And as always, it’s usually from the people who can’t afford health-care (middle and low class) and who aren’t even making enough to care for their own families, people who higher institutions want to remain stagnant. What a world we live in!


§ 2 Responses to Health Care Reform

  • akugler says:

    I agree that our health system needs some work. When people would rather risk their lives than try to seek health care, due to the fact of not being able to pay, then we have some issues. We have the right of life, but yet this “business” is in a way taking away or affecting that right of ours.

  • boilerbballfan says:

    I like that you highlight the income differences for men and women and also the sexual divison of labor that causes women to participate more in jobs that don’t provide health care. This is extremely important, because it makes the point that the disadvatage women face in seeking adequate health care is more institutional than just simply a result of competition among health insurance providers. And like many other institutional discriminations, this adversely affects women and especially women of color who seek health insurance. I think this will take more than just a government healthcare initiative. The problem is ingrained in society, and the healthcare system is only a manifestation of institutional oppression for anyone who is not a wealthy, white, heterosexual man.

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