National Health Care Program

National Health Care Program

National Health Care Program 150 150 Peter

National Health Care Program

After reading chapter one and reviewing the PowerPoint, you should complete the following tasks:

Answer the following questions in complete sentences (5-7 sentence responses):

  1. Why is the United States the last industrial country to adopt a national health care program? Which sociological perspective(s) best explains why public and political support for health care reform has been difficult to achieve?
  2. How is illness functional in society? What behavior is expected from someone who is sick? (‘The Sick Role’)
  3. Explain from a conflict perspective how health inequalities are shaped by conflict and competing interests between groups.
  4. In this exercise, you will listen to a podcast on medical history and answer questions about how it demonstrates the social construction of health and illness. The podcast, Sawbones, (http://maximumfun.org/shows/sawbones (Links to an external site.)) is a weekly show where a husband-and-wife team (she’s a medical doctor and he’s a comedian) discuss a variety of topics in medical history, often focusing on a particular disease or a particular treatment.
    1. First, choose one of the following episodes of Sawbones.
      1. Which social factors (class, race, gender, etc.) influenced the treatment or illness you studied? How?
      2. How did conceptions of morality or responsibility factor into the understanding of the illness or treatment? How does this reveal how health and illness are socially constructed?
      3. 3.  How did shared understandings of the disease affect public policy about         the disease or the afflicted?

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