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Healthcare Inequality

One of the largest social inequality issues in America today is healthcare. There is a shocking amount of proof that healthcare systems are severely racist and sexist and it puts people of different backgrounds at risk of poorer quality of life. The World Health Organization has determined that geographic locale, ethnicity, education, environmental stress, and access to a health care system are social determinants of health and health inequities. The life expectancy of the wealthiest Americans now exceeds that of the poorest by 10-15 years. Poor Americans have worse access to health care than the rest of the population but health care can still affect even people in the middle upper class. For individuals with private insurance, rising premiums and cost sharing have undermined wage gains and have driven many households into debt and even bankruptcy.
In America these inequality issues stem from racism and preconceived notions of people in different backgrounds. Ethnic disparities in h…

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