We can imagine how busy life is working in a hospital with numerous tasks and patients to keep up with. These doctors spent years training and learning to be thoroughly equipped enough to help whatever problem is thrown at their way; though, these doctors may have a sincere heart, they may not always care for their patients to the best of their ability and undoubtedly hospitals have health disparities.
According to the National institution of Health, health disparities is ” inequalities that exist when members of certain population groups do not benefit from the same health status as other groups.” Meaning different groups of people may not be getting treated as well as the other. In fact, the greek word for disparity is “anisóti̱s” which mean unevenness or inequality. If the purpose of these physicians is to help all the patients care for people, then why does this inequality exist?
As a way to check up on physician’s work, surveys are occasionally given to patients for them to rate their care. The data observed by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and they shockingly found that physicians perform poorly when helping families with low-income. Some assumptions arise claiming perhaps physicians care better for the rich for the money but in reality, the doctors are unable to tell or have time to look through the income of families; they just help as many people they can.
However, one of the key factors that contribute to the inequality is how well patients communicate to physicians. Communication between the physicians and the patience play a huge part because with that communications, it helps the doctors make decisions on figuring out how to help the patience. According to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the benefits of effective communication is that “the patient and physician have developed a “partnership” and the patient has been fully educated in the nature of his or her condition and the different methods to address the problem.” In addition, the patient will have a say in things, which will satisfy the patient more.
Though there are many other factors on why patients are not satisfied with their care, the main source of the health disparity is the lack of communication skills some individuals have, especially with low-income.
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