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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Social Class and Healthcare

Is social class THE most important determinant of healthcare outcomes?

Read This post at 'The Health Care Blog and decide for yourself.

Here is an extract:

social class determines every aspect of each patient’s episode, “from the circumstances of their heart attacks to the emergency care each received...It shaped their understanding of their illness, the support they got...[and] their relationships with their doctors. It helped define their ability to change their lives and shaped their odds of getting better.”

Just within the realm of health care services, the same disparities apply to stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic viral infections (HIV, hepatitis C) and a raft of other episodes and conditions. Of course, we could examine most of the other issue areas at the core of contemporary life — education, retirement, child care, leisure, on and on — and find in these that social class is also at the root of discrepant life chances and life styles.

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I'd have thought it was down to your diet. i.e. you are what you eat.

Some of us are guilty of eating junk food out of laziness and habit, others just can't afford good food.

I've virtually been living on beans and toast and eggy bread for the past 6 months. One of the inevitable vices of student life.

"Stop wasting all yer money on beer then, bloody students!" you might argue, but as I have already said. Students NEED alcohol to absorb new information.

'Alcohol makes your brain grow' http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolpda/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_4496000/4496727.stm

All university students ought to get free meals I reckon... And free alcohol too. Afterall, Einstein spent all of his university days in wine bars getting pissed and talking about physics, and look how he turned out.

 
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Well, as a good American Republican, that blog is quick to criticize Bush and Reagan non-specifically about nothing in particular. Capitalism is the system which causes everyone's social class to rise. If greater wealth leads to better health outcomes, it's ludicrous to argue for a system that wants to take wealth from PEOPLE and give it to the GOVERNMENT (i.e. socialism). Hey, if we make you have less income, you'll feel better, right? Nonsense.

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