A prominent medical professional at Stanford once said “Pay attention to what makes you angry. That’s your issue choosing you.” In recent times, the alarming disparities in health equality and social justice have outlined America’s shadow. Many of the people residing in this country, whether residents or immigrants, have begun to feel undermined and neglected. This only catalyzes the gap in health equity between those of higher socioeconomic status, different races and cultures, and those who truly do believe in the American dream. While my thoughts here are not meant to be political or divisive, I simply wish to give my opinion on these things that have both enlightened and aggravated me.
No matter the issue that is brought to light, the first step in any pathway of resolution is simple: acknowledge the problem. While those in classes or passionate about these issues understand the implications of the gap in equity, many others don’t. These issues, first and foremost, need to be brought to light in a simple and factual matter. As we have seen recently in many news outlets and developments, the importance of evidence and factual certainties are eroding to those in charge of its change. The data that is recorded and stored needs to be synthesized and presented in a feasible and pragmatic way. Those in the field of public health and medicine have already started this. But more exposure, more understanding, more compassion is needed to change this.
In terms of specific policy, I believe that education and fiscal policy is the best tool to initially combat this lack in equity. As we have seen in class, a higher socioeconomic status is correlated to an increase in health certainty and healthcare. While it is not a guarantee that wealth will provide more resolution, the people more at risk for a health equity loss need resources to provide healthcare and promote well-being. Fiscally, this is one avenue in which policy can be enacted towards. As we have seen, the implementation of the Affordable Health Care act was meant to provide those fiscally and socially challenged with healthcare options. While some may not have agreed at its nuances, its idea and soul is something that is recognized by those across both sides of the isle. A change in fiscal policy can also lead to an overall growth of society as those with more money, arguably, can provide a pathway for those who need it to stand on their own. The morals of this issue can be debated at an another time but in general, fiscal responsibility is needed to initiate a change.
Education, however, remains the most important aspect of change. Simply put, if one is not informed on the issue, then a judgment cannot be made which is both accurate and reflective of the situation. Disregarding “alternate” ideas and stories, knowledge of the issue and its research is important for everyone to understand to resolve the issue.
Barring any intensive debates and disputes, what do you believe is the best avenue for change? Do you think that it is more important for action to be taken first or knowledge to be presented?
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