My Brother's Keeper: Healthcare Experiences of the Poor in One Texas City
Access to healthcare is an important issue in the United States. The purpose of this study was to explore ways in which individuals living under the federal poverty line experience negative interactions with the health care system. I interviewed 11 individuals in the Waco area who are currently living under the federal poverty guideline. Answers were recorded and analyzed. Common themes amongst the participants included (1) financial insecurity combined with a lack of health insurance discouraged individuals from visiting a healthcare provider, (2) inadequate transportation to a healthcare establishment, (3) feelings of disrespect when receiving treatment from healthcare professionals, and (4) difficulty following up with treatment. In conclusion, the problems that arise in the healthcare system regarding the treatment of individuals living in poverty cannot be attributed solely to lack of funds.
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