Access to Equitable Medical Care

Access to proper medical help is important. People can lack physical access to medical help for a variety of reasons including inability to pay for medical help and inability to get to a physical location for medical assistance. Sometimes people have access, but face racism, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, or other discriminatory practices by the medical profession that result in subpar medical assistance which endangers their lives.

People in low-wage jobs may lack health care and struggle to pay for medical assistance. This issue is also compounded by stress, environmental pollutants, and lack of affordable healthy foods.  The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of people having sick days and affordable medical care.

Socialized Medicine treats medical care like a social right that everyone should be able to access no matter their income.

This home medical guide book illustrates what a burn looks like, but only describes what a burn looks like on white skin. This is an issue even in medical textbooks, meaning doctors may not always be aware how best to diagnose someone who does not have a light skin tone.

All people who seek assistance should be treated with respect. This includes people seeking support for their mental health which is just as important as physical health. Respect should also be given to those with chronic health issues and people with varying disabilities.

Acknowledging the issues, greater diversity within the medical profession as well as respect for all those employed in the health care field is a step in ending unequal treatment.

Health exhibit