Explain patterns of health across social classes
Health inequality refers to unequal distribution of access to health services and environmental hazards between demographic groups such as social classes and the disparate health consequences experienced by these classes. The lower socioeconomic class has a lower level of health insurance as compared to the upper socioeconomic class. Socioeconomic status determines one’s health outcome, including the social and economic conditions of a group or an individual. The social determinants are working conditions, living conditions, wealth, income, and power. Persons with low socioeconomic income receive lower-quality health care as they are unable to afford better healthcare. Poor neighborhoods occupied by lower socioeconomic groups have increased nutrition problems, few groceries, few recreational activities, and high crime rates, thus likely to have an increased level of illness. They also lack proper insurance covers.