Instructions attachedSummary-ResponseSeptember 12, 2018WRTG 111Summary Response #3Article #1: ” Financial Health is Public Health”

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September 12, 2018

WRTG 111

Summary Response #3

Article #1: ” Financial Health is Public Health” (Jason Q. Purnell)


In the reading selection for this week, “Financial Health is Public Health”, Jason

researched that seventy-two percent of adults worried about money “at least some of the time,”

and 26 percent worried about their finances “most or all of the time.” Jason says the connection

of financial stress to health is quite obvious in the survey results, with nearly one-third of

respondents who say that struggling to get by financially affects their ability to lead a healthy

lifestyle, and more than 20 percent who say that they have either considered or have skipped

medical visits because they lacked the financial resources. Jason also researched that childhood

exposure to poverty and stress has both immediate and long-term effects on development,

behavior, and health. Jason believes stress and its related impacts are part of a larger concept in

the field of public health called the “social determinants of health.” He says, our outcomes can’t

be explained away by our diversity or blamed entirely on the poor. Even white, college-educated,

high-income adults with health insurance have worse health outcomes than their similarly

situated peers in other nations. Jason feels that providing more and better health care is unlikely

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to solve the problem of health disparities. Jason states that the bigger impacts come from changes

in the environment that make healthy decisions easier, such as adding fluoride to the water

supply to prevent cavities or removing lead from paint which are interventions that protect

people from potential threats to health without their having to exert much energy to benefit from



While reading “Financial Health is Public Health”, Jason, opened my eyes to see that

having better healthcare will not totally solve the dilemma. Even if we have better healthcare our

economy will always be there to make us sick. I agree that it is the environment that keeps us

unhealthy. The water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe plays a big role in our

health. You will always see a McDonald’s around but rarely do you see more healthy foods in a

neighborhood. Yes, it may be more expensive to eat healthier; but it is cheaper than paying for

medication and hospital/doctor visits. I also agree that we cannot blame our aftermaths on

diversity and economical status. I haven’t had any major health problems and I know wealthier

people with near death issues. Just because you are wealthy does not make you automatically

healthy. Being wealthy just makes it easier to recover and get well faster.

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Article #2: ” How are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity? ” (Various



In this article, “How are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity?”, The

group presented a critique of health, wealth, and how it is connected to longevity. The text from

this article conveys that people with low incomes tend to have more restricted access to medical

care, and are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured. Also, low-income individuals face

greater financial barriers to affording deductibles, copayments, and the costs of medicines and

other health care expenses. The group argues that the greater one’s income, the lower one’s

likelihood of disease and premature death. They support the statement with the opinion that more

affluent people can more easily afford regular and nutritious meals, which tend to be more

expensive and less convenient than less nutritious, calorie-dense, high-carbohydrate options and

fast foods. The group believes people on low incomes face higher rates of food insecurity, and

their difficult living circumstances often preclude active recreational opportunities for regular

exercise; and the cost of gym memberships or exercise equipment is often prohibitive. Basically,

they are saying income and wealth directly support better health because wealthier people can

afford the resources that protect and improve health. The team also researched that when people

are exposed to economic disadvantage; especially at critical developmental stages of life and to

other harmful life conditions, they become more vulnerable to disease processes and experience

harmful physiological reactions to toxins in their environment. Therefore, they believe stress

associated with financial adversity has a harmful biological effect on the body.

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This team of authors presented opinions that were logical and had facts to back it up.

While I agree on many things they have stated, there are some opinions I don’t agree on. First,

“the greater one’s income, the lower one’s likelihood of disease and premature death,” is an

opinion I do not agree with. Your income does not keep you free from disease and premature

death, promoting better health practices keeps you free from diseases. You cannot blame society

for health issues, some people were born with health issues and have no control over it. Wealthier

people just might have more money for treatment but, it is not because you are poor that you are

unhealthy. On the other hand, I can agree that lower-income individuals endorse their own health

issue because they believe eating healthy, working out, and promoting general health is

expensive. However, if we can educate the lower economic class about this issue, I believe that

the barriers will be broken. Finally, I believe stress in general has a negative impact on health.

There are far more wealthy people who suffer from stress and depression; for whatever reason,

which leads to intake on drugs causing death from overdosing than low-income individuals

stressing about financial situations.

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