Medical and social models of healthcare
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#1 Mar 25, 2007
A traditional view is that improvements in health result from advancements in medical science. The medical model of health focuses on the eradication of illness through diagnosis and effective treatment. In contrast, the social model of health places emphasis on changes that can be made in society and in people's own lifestyles to make the population healthier. It defines illness from the point of view of the individual's functioning within their society rather than by monitoring for changes in biological or physiological signs.
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#2 Jul 7, 2007
Human kind is the only animal that doesn't allow nature to be just nature. Every time a human is not allowed to die, the homo sapien as a species gets weaker. For instance, my husband has SLE. Normally, if let alone, SLE would have killed him at 28 years of age. But because medicine developed the skill to transplant kidneys, it allowed my husband to live and birth two children. The homo sapien descendents of those children just became prone to immunity systems that will attack their own tissue, called auto-immune disease. If nature were allowed to proceed, the auto-immune disease would become extinct.
Also, every time a human is not allowed to die, the population of the world is kicked off balance. For instance, if my husband were allowed to die, there would not have been an increase in the population of two children. My husband replaced himself, plus added one more person to the world to compete for natural resources, food, space, etc.
The medical model is one for milking profit. Keeping an individual alive is good business for them. They do not care what they are doing to nature. They are forcing life to continue not because there is an illness to beat, but because by doing so medical science itself will become powerful, strong, and rule over human kind. It is pure greed. No kindness involved at all. Kindness and helping are a bunch of cover up bunk.
#3 Oct 10, 2008
Interesting view points. I've recently started a course in sociology and trying 2 write an assignment on the models of health. Tnx 4 posting it has put a better spin on things 4 me :)
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