Social Determinants Of Health Care

1794 Words Oct 30th, 2014 8 Pages
INTRODUCTION
As a country Canada prides itself on Universal health care for everyone equally (Macqueen, 2011). However, there are many discrepancies seen in the health care that Aboriginals and non-aboriginal Canadians receive (Weeks, 2013). As a result, Aboriginals health is deteriorating in nearly every aspect on a much larger scale than the rest of the Canadian population (Weeks, 2013). As reported in the article Aboriginal seniors face more challenges staying healthy, accessing care: report from “The Globe and Mail” aboriginal seniors are struggling accessing health care and staying healthy (Ubelaker, 2013). Aboriginals are much more susceptible to health issues such as chronic diseases, disabilities and infections and are having to travel unethical distances in order to access health centres (Weeks, 2013).
TOPIC
Social determinants of health are the conditions that people grow up in which affect the way they physically, emotionally and psychologically develop. (World Health Organization, n.d.) These determinants of health are based on the way wealth, power and resources are organized at the municipal, provincial and national level (World Health Organization, n.d.). The purpose of this paper is to connect the social determinants of health seen in Aboriginal seniors to the article Aboriginal seniors face more challenges staying healthy, accessing care: report by Sheryl Ubelaker (2003). The social determinants of health that will be discussed in relation to this article…
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