Health Care Is The Sole Factor That Determines A Person 's Health

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Health is difficult to define and impossible to pin down as a cause and effect relationship. It’s impossible to say that genetics or environment or nutrition or even health care is the sole factor that determines a person’s health. As thousands of different failed and successful interventions have shown, because there is no one cause, there can be no one solution and this is one of the aspects that fascinates me about a career in health care.
When the professor of my medical ethics class was discussing whether or not health care is “special,” my initial reaction was that was a ridiculous question to ask. Of course health care is special, a person’s health is a major factor in determining their ability to function, contribute to society and essentially allowing them to reach their full potential. Upon further thought I realized that if I were to strongly support health care as “special,” my support couldn’t stop there. As I learned more about the impact that education, socioeconomic status, discrimination, location and the myriad of other influences have on health outcomes, my interest continued to grow. My research increased my desire to be a physician and not only be able to interact with and help individual patients but also to play a part in the change that’s happening around the world to look at health in the bigger picture. Last summer during a month-long Summer International Health Fellowship in Peru, I saw first hand just how special healthcare is and how much of a

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