An Insight Into Their Individual Effects On A Person 's Health

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INTRODUCTION Many people have the wrong belief that access to the best healthcare system in the world, regardless of other contributing factors, automatically translates to good health. This is not true. This essay will look into how factors such as Housing, Income and Employment, affect the overall quality of health and wellbeing of an individual. Using various research findings, this essay aims to explore the various determinants, and give an insight into their individual effects on a person’s health. WHAT ARE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness (WHO, 2008). These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels (WHO, 2008). Basically, they are those factors which contribute to the wellness or illness of people, as a result of their living and/or working conditions, other than factors such as race, genes etc. Examples of social determinants of health are Housing, Income, Employment, HOUSING It 's important to note that Housing is one of the major social determinants of health. Poor housing conditions can make even the best of health care systems seem incapable. Housing is not just for shelter, but also has a great effect on the people’s health (Phibbs & Thompson, 2011). The effect of housing on health can either be instantaneous, short-term or long-term (AIHW, 2011;
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