Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The quote (sourced from Tiatia-Seath, 2016) “of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr. will be used to illustrate four examples of injustices in health. Firstly, patient dumping is gaining popularity among hospitals in the United States due to a lack of funding. This example highlights the ways corporate organisations can readily evade prosecution from injustices in health by creating an alternative to the traditional way of patient dumping. Secondly, the example of gender inequality will be used to aid in the understanding the importance of equality by using the Yentl Syndrome in relation to coronary diseases to demonstrate injustices. Thirdly, this essay will discuss the social injustice in terms of the differences in health among high socio-economic status (SES) citizens and low SES citizens. The fundamental cause theory will assist in answering the unknown causes of deaths among low SES citizens. As a final point, the differences in mortality rates and life expectancy among Maori and Pakeha highlights inequalities among ethnic groups in New Zealand. These examples effortlessly demonstrate four injustices in health that are considered shocking. Such examples are merely the surface with an array of inequalities in health stemming from a historical, social and cultural context.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2014) details the rise in patient dumping from in the last ten years. Previously, hospitals were…

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