Sociology of Healthcare has definitely been one of the more interesting courses I have taken at Boston University. As a senior in Sargent College, I have taken many health and health-related courses before, but I liked how this course had a different spin and perspective to it. I never really understood what sociologists did, but it was eye-opening to see that they discover and question the underlying factors that influence things, such as healthcare in the United States. Personally, I felt that the first lecture lingered with me and laid the foundation of the course for the semester because we learned about the stark difference between sociology in medicine and sociology of medicine. I never thought about the idea that you can question the healthcare system and the science behind it because in society, it is just accept as truth. The fact that sociologists can question and explore the history and factors that created healthcare into what it is today is incredible. I also found this class to be relatively important because healthcare is something we are affected by in daily life, whether we want to or not. Because of the practicality of the information we gained, we know about the Affordable Care Act, healthcare motives and trends, hospital history, different medical professions, the costs behind healthcare, factors that influence different types of people in relation to health coverage, and much more. The topic of socioeconomic factors stuck with me as well because no matter where we are in the social, gender, or race hierarchy, socioeconomic factors will always influence healthcare the most throughout the gradient. Although I do not have plans for medical school, I can take away so many relevant topics from this course as I seek for careers in healthcare administration and policy. Sociology of Healthcare was insightful and this course has been a delight.
In Abby Goodnough’s article “Shopping for Health Insurance is New Seasonal Stress for Many,” she discusses the Affordable Care Act’s new markets for insurance, and the new way of ‘shopping’ for it via an online platform that allows price comparison across a span of health insurance policies. Although these markets have helped millions of people who could not previously afford insurance, or have been rejected by insurers, they have also seen sudden price or policy changes that force many consumers to change plans every year. Continue reading “Shopping for Health Insurance is New Seasonal Stress for Many”
In the New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise, she discusses a study based on the National Cancer Data Base which has found an increase in early-stage detection of cervical cancer in women ages 21-26. Researchers suspect that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has had an effect on this trend of early detection. Continue reading “Rise in Early Cervical Cancer Detection is Linked to Affordable Care Act”
I found this article a couple days ago and decided to write my analysis the day after. The first thing I immediately noticed before even reading the article was the title change. A couple days ago, this article was entitled “Uninsured Numbers Drop as Poverty Rate Holds Steady,” but now it reads, “Health Care Gains, but Income Remains Stagnant, the White House Reports.” After reading through the article and the census data, I realized that the former title was misleading in that millions of Americans still remained uninsured and that the medium income remained the same. The revised title was a better representation of the data because many Americans were definitely getting health care access, which was the whole purpose of the Affordable Care Act, but their income levels were remaining the same. Continue reading “Increased Access to Healthcare but Stagnant Income Levels”