Social Institutions: Health Care

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Social Institutions: Health Care Heather Richardson SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology Dr. Christine Nortz Social Institutions: Health Care America has a highly developed health care system, which is available to all people. Although it can be a very complex and trying subject, it has come a long way from the health care systems of yesterday. Most health care facilities of yesterday, the sick were housed and cared for until death. Doctors rarely practiced in the hospital setting and only those that were fortunate could afford health care in the home setting. Today, the level of health care has excelled tremendously. Sociologists have been a key to the ongoing research in the health care system. In researching the scientific …show more content…
We live in a country where physicns are looked upon as Gods that can create cures. Therefore, they have a control over the system. If one of uninsured, they may lack the medical attention they need because no will serve the common public for free. Everything is money driven. With the interactionist, both the individual (patient) and the physician is affected. They claim that the point of view of the patient is not passive. Instead of viewing the medical team as Gods, the view is that the patient plays just as important role as the physicna. The problem is that when someone is pinned as having a certain illness, mainly a mental illness, they are exptected to act according to the illnessesd diagnoses. “A person with a physical handicap may come to view themselves as flawed or defective and will behave that way” (Prole, 2005, ¶18). According to the interactionist, we see ourselves in terms of how we are veiwed in society. All of the approaches can be used to socially change this system. The functionalist approach can help identify each person as either ill or recovering/recovered. This can be beneficial because it can enable us to identify who is seeking medical care to better themsevles in order to return to the system for either work or school. In order to effecintly run a working country that makes ecenomic steps forward, we must have a working class. With the conflict approach, we can


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