Disparities in Healthcare and More Equitable Approaches

Lynn Krieger, and Dr. Joshua Weikert, Department of Civic Engagement, Immaculata University, 1145 King Rd, Immaculata, PA 19345

There are many barriers to healthcare, specifically relative to cancer care. With respect to disparities in cancer care worldwide, the most widespread barrier is income. Research shows that lower levels of income, individually and among nations, are associated with poorer outcomes in post-diagnostic oncology care. This prompts research on the current state of the healthcare industry worldwide and its impact on oncology care, as well as effective solutions. Review and analysis of international literature and data reveals that both American and international organizations have identified specific goals regarding income disparities and cancer care. Several financial factors contributing to income disparities in healthcare could possibly be mitigated. Government policymaking in regards to national healthcare systems have helped create effective solutions in other countries. When deciding which healthcare model (public vs. private) should be considered, nations should pursue models that are similar to their own in reducing income disparities, in order to increase the ease and likelihood of transition. Further research into the effectiveness of taking a holistic approach when solving income disparities could consider other issues such as education, community development, and culture.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Lynn Krieger

Institution: Immaculata University

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5142