An eager interest in the workings and anatomy of the eye has stemmed my interest towards a career in optometry. My fondness for science came from reading the book ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for His Hat', which recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders, this drove my passion past the scope of the curriculum, engaging with ideas independently to follow a career in optometry.
In India, despite reforms and improvements in access to health care, inequalities are related to socio-economic status, geography, and gender, and are compounded by high out-of-pocket expenditures, with more than three-quarters of the increasing financial burden of health care being met by households.
Vulnerable populations make up those that are economically deprived, ethnic and ethnic minorities, those with no insurance, the elderly, low-income children, the homeless, those that have HIV, not to mention individuals that are suffering from some type of chronic health conditions, as well as severe mental illness (Srinivasan S, 2011). This can also comprise of rural residents, who continually experience barricades to retrieving the right healthcare facilities (Buntin MB, 2009). The vulnerability of these people is heightened by age, sex, race, ethnicity, and factors for instance revenue, insurance coverage (or lack thereof), and lack of a typical cause of care (Srinivasan S, 2011). This paper will discuss the things that affect the vulnerable population of the poor or financial disadvantaged.
During my high school career, I became fascinated with the workings and functions of our eyes while attending an internship at an ophthalmologist's office. Through my time there I was fortunate to be able to shadow and assist both the ophthalmologists and optometrists. While taking corneal topographies of patients' eyes before they were examined, my interest continued to grow and that interest blossomed into a desire to pursue this as a career when I had the opportunity to witness my first eye surgery. Though the pterygiectomy was a simple procedure, I was inspired by the fact that it could allow the patient to see better, changing their life.
Having been born and raised in Southern California, I was oblivious to the whole idea of a good healthcare system. It wasn’t until I moved to India that I experienced how a poor public healthcare system can adversely affect its people and development. Diseases and epidemics we only read about in books are, unfortunately, a common sight. The biggest tragedy is that many fail to understand how the afflicted individual is suffering. The ability to empathise with a patient’s condition is often lost as it is easy to lose sight of what the concerned individual might be experiencing.
When taking into account constant technological discoveries leading to longer lives lived in developed countries and the ever exponentially increasing population of the Earth begs the question: how does one ensure the health of everyone while keeping a stable economy and infrastructure? This paper will be looking into how the systems and delivery of health care in a developed country with a low mortality and fertility rate, the United States, compares to a developing country with high fertility and mortality rates, India. The characteristics of a developed country is a high gross national income per person and a low gross national income per person indicates a developing country. India boasts the second highest population in the world just
Health systems in developing countries, which are often already constrained by resources, have benefited from mHealth through increased access to healthcare
Maternal death rates are higher in poor women than they are rich women. Women that need contraceptives to protect themselves from harm cannot get to them as easily as rich women can. (Wagner 3) Refusing poor women medication leads to medical complications. Consequently, the high price of contraceptives should be lowered to be accessible for women of all wealth and classes due to the fact that it could save lives. Refusing women these prescriptions that can save their lives is an inhumane behavior and without lowering the prices, the population will continue to treat these women poorly. A factor in the high prices is the amount of money the government and hospitals receive through treating patients. The problem is that there is more money in treating a patient than preventing a disease or virus from happening in the first place. Being in poverty goes hand in hand with health. Without money, receiving the medical care needed is nearly impossible. (Torr 25) Even having an opportunity to lower health care prices or preventing diseases, the people in charge of this matter may hesitate to due to the high amount of money they receive in treating an
Millions of people are deprived of attaining proper medical care and endure the challenges that poverty throws at them. Every person in the world is on a different social status in society, thus some people faces challenges that others may not. Some of these challenges are expensive medication, inability to attain medical care, resulting in bad treatment towards patients. One of the many challenges that people face when being in poverty is the expense of health care.
Optometry; all my strengths encompassed into a profession. The reason why I want to become an optician is due to the combination of science and to benefit our generation by nurturing our sense of vision.
Health and healthcare systems interrelate with the economy to determine if accessibility to health care should be provided based on individual's need or ability to pay (“Achieving Equity,” n.d.). The role of receiving health care is to ensure that equal access to health services does not differ depending on individual's economic or social status (Merson, Black, & Mills, 2012, pg. 624). To underline this debate, there are views on the ethical basis of a health system. The first view discussed on how access to health services is similar to access to other goods. For example, people in poverty-stricken communities receiving government assistance for clothing or food based off of the economic level. According to this view, every individual should
I am from the small city of Garland, Texas right outside of Dallas. I came from Viet Nam to the U.S for the last four years and I attended Richland College, where I am an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and Honor Society. My career goal is Doctor of Optometry. I have done 68 credit hours, and I will earn an associate degree in next spring 2016.
To begin with, there are some bad sides of medical services by money- making corporations which concentrate on profit than the method of healing. Besides, the fee which charge with these services is unaffordable for poor people .That leads to overcharges the patients in state hospital because they can not settle for these transactions in money- making companies. In other words , people who live in poverty line would not have a chance to visit a doctor . For instance, people who locate in a countryside
Modules on ethics in Religious Studies as well as the laws and regulations surrounding medical practice as taught in Economics gave me an insight into the importance of morals and integrity in a caring profession. Work experience has given me a flavour of working in a professional environment and insight into the duties and responsibilities of an Optician. I undertook administrative duties such as filing patient’s details into the computer and booking patient’s eye tests. My social and communication skills were put
I expect a career that is challenging; one that does not readily give two similar workdays; a career that puts me in continual contact with regular people, who experience a wide-range of feelings and symptoms. I want to go to work every day and know for a fact that every action I perform has the ability to impact someone else, and the better I prepare, the more I care, and the more carefully I listen, the more I can help a patient get better, as I better myself as a clinician. And finally, it is important to me that I retain a level of fascination about my field of work. It is hard to believe that studying a special sense, such as vision; one that has such impact on daily life as to be an independent field in primary care; one that merges systemic conditions with highly isolated and differentiated conditions, could ever fail to be amazing in regards to interesting information. Through my recent experience in shadowing a practicing optometrist, I have successfully confirmed that this is, in fact, the career for me. I know that the opportunities for helping others, and for personal enrichment, are flourishing in the field of optometry, and it is my desire to purse