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Health and Social Class

In the United States, there have been many efforts towards making everyone equal and also to present everyone with equal freedom as it is needed for them to be able to succeed and choose their path in life. However, all these efforts have not had 100 percent improvement towards making sure that everything works out in the right manner needed. Therefore it means that social stratification remains a big threat to the medical and health fraternity as many people still lack the best quality of medical care due to the prevalence of social classes.

This means that those individuals in the upper class of the society can get their medical needs taken care of when they need them and at some of the best hospitals. The lower class in American society still has to struggle and make sure that they try their level best to get these services. Even though in some states there is equality when it comes to access to health care and medical attention some states still struggle with this issue. It happens that in most of the states even though there might be laws to protect the minority there is always a way to surpass these laws and give special attention to those who are high in social class. Therefore it means that it is a structural thing and not so much of a law thing.

However, this does not mean that formation of laws to balance the health sector does not improve the situation. A law and program that president Obama introduced under the name of Obama care were able to help so many lower-class individuals access health care. Therefore this means that it is important for the legislators to put into mind possible ways to end the distance between low and upper-class ability to access health care within the society. Above all the most important thing is to educate and have a mass passage of information regarding the social classes and their access to healthcare possible.


Dr. Laurence Knott. “Health and Social Class.”, 10 Dec. 2015,

‌Krieger, N., & Fee, E. (1994). Social class: the missing link in US health data. International Journal of Health Services, 24(1), 25-44.