Health Insurance Policies, Cultural Influences, And Accessibility

1985 Words Aug 8th, 2014 8 Pages
Healthcare:
Causal Links for Unobtainable Treatment-
Unequal Accessibility

Alyssa L. Kelly
PSY 270

Abstract

Health care has been the talk of many debates lately. There are populations of people that are living with chronic illnesses, or just not obtaining the kind of care they need. This paper will diagnosticate what factors are exacerbating and meliorating this problem, including: health insurance policies, cultural influences, and accessibility. This examination points out limitations in the overall system of United States healthcare, and will provide two possible approaches that community psychologists would take to address this social problem.

The social issue that I am addressing is that certain populations in the United States are not able to receive the treatment they need. This has a lot to do with accessibility and affordability. “…residents of metropolitan areas have better geographic access to physicians.” (Newhouse) We are seeing an uneven distribution of available physicians in rural and urban areas. There is an abundance of doctors in the urban areas, but they aren’t branching out to the rural areas. This is known as a paradox of the United States health system: “shortage amid surplus”. (COGME)
Lack of doctors is only one facet to this multifaceted problem. Accessibility in terms of having the financial resources to obtain care is another. “Individuals in lower social status groups have the highest rates…
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