How to Achieve Preventative Healthcare

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In the current political climate, there are few topics more hotly debated than that of healthcare. The interest in healthcare reform skyrocketed during the 2008 presidential elections with both of the leading democratic presidential hopefuls paying particular attention to the phenomenon of unequal access in America. The majority of this focus was on the difficulties experienced by the lower and a middle classes compared to their wealthier counterparts. What has been sadly underreported, however, are the unusually heavy burdens placed on low-income women in their attempt to secure reproductive healthcare. Though no little air time has been dedicated to the discussion of these women’s—and all women’s—access to abortion, politicians by-and-large have ignored the far more pressing issue of basic and essential preventative care. The reasons behind this disregard for the difficulties of low-income women is multi-faceted. On the practical side of matters there is an illogical implementation structure wherein states are able to change guidelines to who can access healthcare, what type of healthcare is accessible, and under which conditions healthcare is obtainable on a whim. However, there are theoretical problems as well, particularly the failure of even those dedicated to fixing the system to recognize the real obstacles in the way of change. Throughout this paper, I will thus argue that low-income women are prevented from accessing healthcare with equal ease to their higher-income peers because of historically overlooked social and environmental barriers including intra- and interpersonal relations. To accomplish this, I will first examine the traditional approaches and interpretations of women’s healthcare including how previous ef... ... middle of paper ... ...sconceptions and work to change them. That means acknowledging that there is an inequality, that that inequality cannot be solved merely by throwing money at it, and that the deeper problems which underlie the inequality are considerably different then what most people currently believe. Once everyone from the politicians to the local citizen can recognize these truths, society can begin to progress and address these issues. Once the upper and middle class realizes that the poor face more obstacles then simply being poor might seem to entail, they can begin the process of reaching out and changing the system. Until then, however, those who recognize the problems and want to change them for the benefit of low-income women across the nation need to stand up and begin spreading the message. No progress can be made until everyone is starting with the same basics facts.

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