I had previous knowledge of what cultural competence was and how it can create barriers to health care. However, after reading The Spirit That Catches You and You Fall Down I feel I have a better and more visual understanding of how cultural differences can interfere with the quality of care and contribute to racial and ethnic disparities. It was very interesting to read a non-fictional story about how not being culturally competent can have negative effects on the ability of American doctors to provide appropriate healthcare to individuals or groups with different values, beliefs, or
Is Racism the cause of Health care disparity? In recent discussions of health care disparities, a controversial issue has been whether racism is the cause of health care disparities or not. On one hand, some argue that racism is a serious problem in the health care system. From this perspective, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) states that there is a big gap between the health care quality received by minorities, and the quality of health care received by non-minorities, and the reason is due to racism. On the other hand, however, others argue that health care disparities are not due to racism.
In the article Cross Culture Management: Global Healthcare Workers, Kimberly Scott, highlights the importance of cross-cultural interaction and how it affects the healthcare environment. She continues by listing the challenges as well as the strategies for improving cultural diversity in a work environment. With globalization, cultures are colliding leading to the need of cultures to inspire one another for the organization to be successful. According to the author, it is impossible for an organization to succeed without putting into consideration other cultures values as employment has become more culturally diverse. Therefore, it is crucial for managers to be knowledgeable about its organization’s multicultural environment, knowing that
No citizen shale ever be ignored no matter their race, state of health, or class. In the US “barriers generally stem from forces within the organizational environment of the health care delivery system or within the broader social system itself” (Barr, 2011, p. 273). This is why health policy scholars need to study health disparities so that equal care can ultimately be reached. Currently some disparities that are obvious in society are unequal dispersion and quality of care between racial groups, genders, and those with low middle class income. The health care system needs to be fixed and in order for that to happen health scholars must study better procedures so that the best possible outcome can be reached for the American
This is after taking into account that both models have altered features but there is evidence to assume that both models are not complete and do in fact suffer from major drawbacks, however the health care professionals must acknowledge this failer in order to demonstrate a coherent picture about the implications of health. As suggested by (Kelly and Charlton, 1995, p.82) “In the medical model the pathogens are viruses, or malfunctioning. In the social model they are poor housing, poverty [and] unemployment, the social model’s [view of health] is not an alternative to the discredited medical model. It is a partner in
In conclusion, It it is very necessary that our health care officials try harder to gain trust with minorities so that medicine can be focused more on equality. We all know that for decades our country was very diverse and everyone was treated differently. Although things have changed and it is sometimes important to preserve our past, past actions should not still be carried out. Even today, racism still occurs and it hard for minorities to feel safe when visiting hospitals and doctor’s offices. Minorities should be given equal medical opportunities, be given the honest truth on their diagnosis and treatments and most importantly be given some sort of health care so they can be treated.
This gives reason for researchers to keep investigating the role of racism in health. However, it is not just the role of governments to resolve these issues as racism is deeply rooted in societal culture; individuals need to know how racism affects health. Therefore, major improvements are still needed in society to allow ethnic minorities to feel associated with the wider community without racial discrimination.
It is important that all people have the human right to health and not fear if something or someone is going to keep them from living a healthy life. It is a sad reality that most people in developing and developed countries are denied the human right to health and face socially determined barriers that keep them from achieving their best health. To gain perspective on global health inequities it is important to understand that inequality and inequity are concepts that are used interchangeably. Inequality implies disparities in status, opportunity or treatment, while inequity indicate there is a lack of fairness or an injustice. Health inequities which cause health inequalities may be contributed by social determinants.
The hospital and physician practices in prior decades are not the same today and it’s vital to uphold standards for patient safety, care, and medical costs. As (Medicaid.gov, 2015) states, by contracting with various MCO’s to deliver Medicaid program health care services to their beneficiaries, states can reduce Medicaid program costs and better manage utilization of health services. Most states are implementing and coordinating more traditional services for managed care. Medicaid will to rise and aiding people who live in poverty, but the amount of challenges that lie ahead are problematic. For instance, the types of services including long-term care, mental illness, and eligibility standards are not permissible for everyone.
The health care delivery system include a vast range of technical resources and personnel. The Health care services should involve the overall person’s dignity by communicating and co-ordinating the thoughts, by involving the patient support and empowerment. Additional factors that are influencing the patient centeredness and provider patient communication include:- the Language barriers, which promote the racial and ethnic concordance and differences between the patient and provider which will affect the cultural competency and effect the disabilities on the patients’ health care experiences. Some of the health care services can expose the patient to some of the risks of unintentional injuries. Hence there are efforts to minimize these injuries that have led to the patient safety movement.