Understanding Health Inequalities in Politics

In some countries, Politicians often talk about topics such as health, primarily because they want to avoid deeper issues such as corruption, crimes, and other issues they are facing.

According to one famous politician, “Government officials normally talk about health inequalities since they do not want to dive into more serious and deeper issues.” Basically, politicians are also politically scared. Hence, they do their best not to face the real problems that need immediate action and attention.

In this article, we will walk you through some of the most important things voters must know about health inequalities:

1.Equal access to facilities and budget-friendly health cares

While politicians tend to always talk about health, one must not be blinded by everything that they say. As responsible citizens, we must be aware that there must equal opportunities regardless of race and social status. As a matter of fact, the lower-class must benefit the most from such facilities.

2. Politicians tackle health inequalities since they do not want to talk about the deeper socioeconomic inequalities as it will backfire to them

This is definitely true. If they address the real problems of the country, the people will think that the politicians are not doing their jobs properly. That said, they make always talk about health, which seems safe to tackle. But the major finding of the book is that that this act actually makes the issue of inequality more difficult to solve, not easier.

For instance, in some countries, one of the major health problems lies in the fact that there are very few facilities for kidney patients for their hemodialysis session. They do not deem this a problem as they think it will require a huge chunk of money. Or facilities on how to remove the kidney stone.

3. Attempting to address the problem of health inequalities by giving focus on the social factors of health seems like a great idea, but it normally is not effective

Some politicians understand that health care alone isn’t sufficient to provide a solution to the problem of health inequality. For instance, Pete Buttigieg’s health plan focuses on working to lessen the imbalance in the social determinants of health. These are just some of the things that have relation to power and resources and that may impact health, such as housing and nutrition.