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A Functionalist's perspective to the health system is that no matter what class or how much money you earn you will receive the same health care. In reality this statement can be true or false.

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A Functionalist's perspective to the health system is that no matter what class or how much money you earn you will receive the same health care. In reality this statement can be true or false. Throughout this essay Sharon/Aaron and I will be discussing it. Statistically, however, this is not the case. Poorer people tend to die younger than the middle classed. A recent health report shows that if the working classed were as healthy as the middle classed, 1500 babies under the age of one would not die every year. It also showed that if the working classed people aged between 20 - 64 were as healthy as the middle classed people there would be 17,000 less deaths a year. ...read more.

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If you were to go to your GP or the hospital, provided that it is not a private organisation it would not matter how much money you earnt because you would get the same service as the person to the exact opposite financial position to yourself. We are taught that the ageing process and our genetic make up determine how long we live. However, there is also the matter of education towards health. Where we live can determine how much greens we eat, how much smoking we do, how much alcohol we drink, how much exercise we do and how much organic food we eat. For most of the working classed people and the under working classed people eating healthily and exercising regularly without smoking or doing drug can be very difficult. ...read more.

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It is a mixture of good and bad times for teenagers. It is a time to do ridiculously stupid things like start smoking, doing drugs and being cool! However, some people have no control over it as it is in their neighbourhood. Some people are forced to do drugs so that they get addicted and then buy the drug off local dealers with little or no money they have. Therefore, they start to commit crimes to fund their habits. This is why parent opt for their children to stay home, watch television and stay unhealthy. Children of middle classed parent of course have no worries on that score as they live in an area where little crime occurs and it is peaceful. Therefore, parents do not worry about drugs or cigarettes, though it does occur in the richest of areas as well. ...read more.

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