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Racially diverse population is a kind of population that has different races living together. Health disparity on the other hand is whereby different health care services are given to people who have the same or similar health condition.

It is most likely to occur in a racially diverse population because of inequality that has been associated with race. The white race is considered superior as compared to the black, Hispanics, Asian American race just to mention but a few. Therefore, the blacks are more likely to get poor medical care in comparison to their white counterpart.

Evidence of health disparity is all over. An African American’s baby is more likely to die in its first year of birth as compared to a baby born to white parents. These deaths can come as a consequence of complication owed to low birth weight.

This is because the whites have medical care available to them more than the blacks or any other race. Indians who are Americans have twice as much risk of dying of cirrhosis of the liver than any other race. Whites are three times less likely to die from liver cancer than Pacific Islanders and Asian American’s.

It is a great irony that despite the fact that it is the 21st century and major improvements have been achieved as far as medical care is concerned, not all racial groups share in the advancement. This is because the races that are considered minority have less clinic and doctors and in turn do not have access to adequate medical care.

The likelihood of them being referred to a better medical facility for test or special medical treatment is close to none. Shocking revelation from a research show that African American even those in the Medicare programme are less likely to get flu shots in a year as compared to the whites.

Breast cancer is more likely to kill African-American women than the white women because African American women have lower breast screening rates and detect the cancer at its later stage than the white women who have customary checks and if there is cancer, it’s detected at its earliest stage.

American Indians and natives from Alaska tend to die at higher rates from diabetes as compared to any other Americans.  These disparities go to an extent that Hispanics have a less likelihood of getting and others even using medicines for cardiovascular diseases and HIV/AIDS.

They may not even get access to the medicines’ prescription. This will automatically lead to them dying due to these diseases at a very high rate as compared to the whites. Medication is supposed to cure or at least prolong a patient’s life in the case of incurable diseases such as HIV/AIDS. But if the patients do not have access to medication will most definitely lead to death at a very high rate.

Something needs to be done and done real fast to eliminate this disparity. Despite being the right thing to do, it is both morally and ethically important. The whole population needs to be healthy and receiving quality health care when needed for the sake of the country’s economic growth and stability. A nation filled with sick people is a dying nation.

A democratic state should ensure that it promotes equal health care provision for each and every citizen regardless of the race or ethnical background. This will come in handy in the workforce so as to achieve success and improve the economy at large. Laws should also be put in place to discourage health disparities and tough penalties for the law breakers.

References

Leandris, L, et. al. (2006) Looking through a glass, darkly: eliminating health disparities (PDF–79K). Preventing Chronic Disease. (3):A72. E-publication.

Leandris Liburd, et. al. (2006) Eliminating health disparities in the African American population: the interface of culture, gender, and power. Health Educ Beh

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Liao Y, &Tucker P, Giles. WH. Health status among REACH 2010 communities, 2001- 2002. (2004) Pub Med.

Mensah GA. Eliminating health disparities: the time for action is now. (2002)  Pub med.

Wayne, G. & Leandris, L. Reflections on the Past, Reaching for the Future: REACH 2010—the First 7 Years. (2006)  Health Promo Pract.

http://hpp.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/7/3_suppl/179S

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