Summary of Health Inequalities The article “Health Inequalities” brought forward a number of interesting and valid points on social

economy and healthcare, as well as some opinions on political matters that I could agree with; here I’m going to summarize this article into 350 words. To start we have the term life expectancy being referred to “as a statistical estimate of the number of years a person is likely to live”, the writer is touching upon very fundamental aspects of health and social systems, giving evidence and examples of life expectancy among working class men and women being around seventy-one and seventy-seven where the bourgeoisie are expected to life upwards of ten years long to their counterpart, the workers. The article suggest that health inequalities derive from inequalities among men in the political area of governance, more to the author suggest that we should forgo the NHS directives and governing bodies and insist and reassure on education and medication, he/she states that more often enough a person is none the wiser of their ability to control their health and wellbeing yet are unaware and unwilling to even visit a GP. It is also noted that the author suggest that these health inequalities are due to disease or illness that can be prevented with decent healthcare and education. The article seems biased to a small somewhat unnoticeable extent, the author states “the nanny state, governments tend to balance public health arguments with other considerations about public, media and business reaction. An important aspect of this is how public health – and particularly health inequality – is constructed in political discourse”. This is an interesting point. The article covers various sectors of societal justice and hints toward the need for less politics and more medicine. It presents a good workings knowledge of the health and legal inequalities between the social classes. A good selection of statistics the writer claims with fact based evidence and references that probably “as little as ten percent of the causes of health inequalities” have come to be associated with the NHS by way of the media and tabloids. The article leaves me with a few questions, primarily “If the systems of health and politics aren’t being addressed properly, why bother with them?”

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