When I first saw the trailer for Good Girls, I was hooked. I mean Bonnie Mckee’s Bombastic gets me up in the mornings. Also, Rhetta is in it, and I will forever watch anything she does, because let’s face it, she’s amazing and deserves a starring role. What I didn’t expect from the show was its ability to showcase a growing issue in our healthcare system, as a health professional I couldn’t be more pleased to see it on my T.V. screen, because maybe it can help improve our countries healthcare.
T.V. Mirroring Real Life
The state of our health care system is improving…slightly. The Affordable Care Act has allowed more people to have health insurance. More Americans have access to healthcare. However, there is still a major shift, the quality of that care is different. In Good Girls, we see Rhetta’s character Ruby sitting with her daughter in what looks like a community health clinic. It’s crowded and dingy looking. The doctor is overworked and not addressing Ruby’s concerns about her daughter renal condition. Spoiler alert, when the girls rob the grocery store, Ruby can take her daughter to a better doctor. This doctor office is chic, and the fancy doctor actually listens to Ruby and gives her daughter the treatment she needs. There is a term for this it’s called Health Equity. Yes, there is a health saving account company with the same, but this is totally different.
All Healthcare is Not Equal
Health Equity is the quality of healthcare across different populations. In a perfect world, everyone receives the same care, no matter race, income, location. Everyone should be able to live the healthiest life they can. This obviously doesn’t happen. People who are minorities are more likely to have shorter life expectancies. There have been years of research on what social injustices impact a person’s health. We get it; people who come from low-income households don’t have the same health quality as a Real Housewife. Now, there is a shift in the healthcare field, on how do get everyone to have health equity. We can’t all rob a grocery store to get adequate healthcare. So, what do we do?
I don’t really have the answer; I’m a health educator, not a miracle worker. What I do know, is policy can help end social injustices and give everyone a fair shot at a healthy life. You may not be a health professional, but just being aware of health equity and the landscape of our health care system can help too. Education is key for policy change, by staying informed of trends in public health can help your healthcare access and others.