Write 7 pages thesis on the topic health society and paramedical practice. In the early 1960s, the United States established policies aimed at expanding access to healthcare for all citizens. These programs did result in expanding access to healthcare for low-income families, people with disabilities and the poor through Medicare, Medicaid and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Despite these positive changes, disparities in healthcare continue to exist for minority populations in the United States. For a country that came into existence based on the premise of universal equality, the United States has, from a health-perspective, ignored some of the very principals under which it was founded.
More than 20 years ago in 1985, the United States Department of Health and Human Services released a milestone report on racial health disparities in the United States entitled, “Secretary’s Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health.” Revealing significant gaps in the health status among Americans of diverse racial and ethnic groups, this report was the first of its kind. This was also the first national report to document the health disparities of racial populations in the United States. Despite attempts at addressing these issues, health issues among minority populations continue to persist. Today, a number of studies have shown that minority populations have higher death rates and rates of diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular disorders. These studies represent the social model of health and data collected from independent studies over the years have concluded that African-Americans have the worst health outcomes when compared to other minority populations in America. For example, African-Americans have higher cancer rates and the survival rate for African-American women with breast cancer is half that of white females. Such disparities are generally ignored by the U.S. healthcare .system because the system does not fully address the environmental causal factors which result in health inequalities.