The concept of health care implies a certain number of practices introduced at the state level, the task of which is to protect the health of the country’s population. Health care systems focus on providing affordable health care to people to maintain and improve their health. Rebecca Orie, in a video suggested for analysis, talks about the Health Leads organization formed in Boston to provide adequate medical support to thousands of sick children in Boston, Massachusetts (2012). During the organization’s activities, an important regularity was established – many diseases experienced by children, ailments and losses in their physical condition were not associated with a lack of drugs. Children raised in families in extreme financial poverty lacked a balanced and healthy diet, they ate junk food or even starved. In the light of this discovery, the concept of health care should be revised, which should imply not only the treatment of diseases, but the improvement of health.
Doctors should not just eliminate symptoms since this is only an external formal part of medical care. The entire healthcare system, in cooperation with the legislative apparatus, should pay close attention to the situations where children exist in low living conditions. Only in this way it will be possible to reduce the level of sick children who, due to their number, do not receive sufficient, systemic and full-fledged health support. The socioeconomic dimension in medicine occasionally turns out to be insufficiently receiving attention (Moscelli et al., 2018). Taking it into account would solve many medical problems, including those associated with excess costs.
The priority should be to appoint an emergency number of pediatricians in every poor region of the United States to take care of the healthy lifestyle of children. The medical community for the most part does not attach importance to the closest connection between a person’s low social status and their level of health and life expectancy. By spreading information about the possibility of preventing many diseases and prolonging one’s life by taking care of one’s own health, it would be possible to save the lives of many people. As a result, this would not only save a certain percentage of the population from the risk of chronic diseases, but also significantly relieve the burden on the medical system, which it practically cannot cope with.
Moscelli, G., Siciliani, L., Gutacker, N., & Cookson, R. (2018). Socioeconomic inequality of access to healthcare: Does choice explain the gradient? Journal of Health Economics, 57, 290-314. Web.
Onie, R. (2012). What if our healthcare system kept us healthy? TEDMED. Web.