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When we talk about the barriers to health care, we refer to the numerous factors owing to which an average citizen of the nation either doesn’t get the necessary health care, or gets inferior health care as compared to others. There are a range of factors which give rise to such barriers, the most prominent ones among which are financial constraints, language barrier, inadequate knowledge about the system and etc. Studies by some of the most reputed organizations have revealed that millions of Americans experience difficulty or delays in getting the necessary medical attention owing to these health care barriers in the United States.
Barriers to Health Care
In terms of providing the basic health care, a lot needs to be done across the world. One of the basic steps is to identify the barriers encountered when it comes to imparting the basic health care. These barriers are broadly categorized into four groups – geographical, socioeconomic, cultural and organizational. Brief explanation about each of these is given below.
The urban-rural divide is the most prominent factor when it comes to the barriers in health care. Given a choice, a vast majority of the medical practitioners choose to work in the urban areas, as opposed to the rural areas. This also creates shortage of staff in the rural medical centers, That, however, doesn’t mean the geographical health care barriers are only restricted to the rural regions. Such disturbing trends are witnessed in the urban regions as well. For instance, some cities have become agglomerations of medical institutions, but the patient base to which it caters is not to be seen in the radius of miles around it. Read the rest of this entry »
There will likely be some cries of moral outrage from conservative and religious groups, but it’s impossible to argue with the statistics behind the idea that free contraception for U.S. women will improve the quality of life for all of us. In countries where reliable contraception is free or not cost-prohibitive, birth rates are lower, unplanned pregnancies and teen pregnancies are lower and the health of babies and children is also higher.
“There is clear and incontrovertible evidence that family planning saves lives and improves health,” said Dr. David Grimes, an international family planning expert at the University of North Carolina. “Contraception rivals immunization in dollars saved for every dollar invested. Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine.”
The women’s health amendment being written to accompany new health care legislation is being led by Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland. Mikulski is a resident of Baltimore, MD, so she knows first-hand how much of an impact free contraception could have on improving the lives of so many poor and underprivileged who live in the poorest urban areas of our country. Read the rest of this entry »