Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Guide on How to Write University Essays, Courseworks, Assignments and Dissertations

Social Policy, health issues and Social work

Home
Articles Library
Medicine, Psychology and Sociology Articles
Business Articles
Economics Articles
Industry Lifecycle
Marketing Mix
McKinsey 7S Framework
Product Life Cycle
Ansoff Analysis
BCG Growth-Share Matrix
Value Chain
Porter's Generic Strategies
Scenario Planning
PEST analysis
SWOT Analysis
Porter's 5 Forces analysis
Sitemap
Comments about this web site
Favorite Links
How to write an Essay
How to Write the Coursework or Report
How to write the Marketing or Marketing Communications Campaign
How to write the Dissertation
Where to start?
How to choose an area of research
How to define Issue or Argument
How to define Issue or Argument
How and where to review the literature
Research Methods
Dissertation Structure
Some tips to survive your dissertation: some predictable crisis
Important tips to succeed the dissertation
Databases of Academic Journals and Publications; Market Data
Essay Sites
Student Tricks
Exam Preparation Tips
Company-Based Reports
BALANCED SCORECARD
Critical Success Factors
Competitor Analysis
Review

When social policy pertaining to health issues and social work are discussed, the basic question arises as to whether or not the society has the responsibility to provide universal health care to all citisens, or if health issues should be left to personal choice and market factors to decide. The two basic views are that social policy should in fact provide these services at an affordable or subsidised rate to all citisens, as in a socialist system, or that the social policy should provide a basic “safety net” and provide emergency health care, critical services, and other essential medical treatments for the poor who cannot afford it only, as in a reformed capitalist system. As a rule, the Western European countries, China, and Russia have gone with the socialised set up with varying degrees of success on health issues, while the American model has been in private sector based health care on an insurance company platform, with social work programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran’s hospitals, and Community Health Clinics for poor neighborhoods (medicare.gov, 2007 [online]).

 

There is a clear problem in the American system where many people continue to  unable to afford basic health care services, but with the public at large unwilling to embrace a Socialised system. The last major attempt at social policy reform of the American system was introduced in the early part of the Clinton administration, but was sunk by Congress at the time over partisan political reasons. The mixture of partisan politics with social policy is to be expected in a Democratic system, as that is a primary aspect of the platform philosophy of the parties as to the nature of government. But others argue that health issues are basic human rights and thus, not best mixed with the political. This view has been embraced and posited by most countries in the United Nations through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” (un.org, 2007 [online]).

 

The United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights express the interest and view point of the developing nations on health issues and social policy which stands outside of the Western European, G8, and American models of development. Many developing nations have extreme health issues related to poverty, health care emergencies, a general lack of resources for social work, and lack of sufficient trained personnel to provide universal health care for all citisens. To assist with this, various non-governmental organisations, aid agencies, and UN groups operate development assistance and social work programs in health issues for developing nations. Some examples of these types of social work in health issues are the World Health Organisation, The Pan American Health Organisation, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unesco). (imva, 2007 [online]).

 

 

References

 

1)       URL http://www.medicare.gov.  Last accessed, Nov. 11th, 2007.

 

2)       URL: http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html . Last accessed, Nov. 11th, 2007.

 

3)       URL: http://www.imva.org/Pages/orgbio.htm. Last accessed, Nov. 11th, 2007.

C/S/53. Understanding and analysis of the research on links between literacy and language attainment and social disadvantage: Evaluate the Government's Skills for Life 2001-2004 strategy in light of the above statement and analyse its affect on your own sector

C/S/49. Politics & Power for Professional Social Work Practice: Broadening partnerships between Mental Health services and children's services

S/S/112. Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Social Care Policy and Practice

S/S/107. Abortion: Catholic Church's belief vs. Government's belief

S/S/111. Analysis of family functions and relationships

S/S/106. Social Care Policy of UK: In what ways is Health and Social Care Practice Sometimes Ageist? How can Professionals Avoid Consequences of Prejudice against Older People?

S/S/105. Importance of Inner and Intergenerational Relations to Quality of Life of Older People

S/S/104. Evaluation of the Primary Health Care through Community Action

S/S/103. Social Policy and Welfare Law of UK: Health Minister's Proposals to Crackdown on Teenage Smoking

S/S/102. Bush Administration's Media Coverage of Emergency Contraceptive: A Selected News Organization Review

Enter supporting content here