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Underprivileged = Underserved?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DrWily, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. DrWily

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    Sorry if this has been discussed already, I tried to do a quick search, but I admit I'm pretty lazy too.

    Having trouble defining underprivileged communities. I know poor neighborhoods, homeless, etc are underprivileged, but does living in an underserved area also count as underprivileged?

    I'm trying to say that I previously lived in an underprivileged area because I used to reside in a semi-rural town that only had one adult clinic staffed by two physicians. Closest hospital was ~30 min away. Usually a pretty busy wait to get an appointment.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    This is interesting. My take would be that an underserved area is underprivileged, but not the other way around necessarily.
     
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    I agree with what you said, but what makes a rural area underprivileged? Not privileged with available healthcare or a hospital? Makes it just sound like its underserved. So confused.
     
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    I would have to say availability of resources in general: jobs, food, electricity, water, sanitation, etc. It's open to your interpretation as well. I really doubt that anyone would hear about a rural community without access to health care and doubt it's underprivileged or underserved status.
     
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    Thanks :thumbup:
     
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    I use this definition for 'underserved':
    http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/shortage/shortageareas/index.html
    Medically Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by HRSA as having: too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty and/or high elderly population.
     
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    Well I understand that, but does that mean the area can also be considered "underprivileged" is my question.

    For the Lolz, I put in my address into that website:
    In a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Dental Care Health Professional Shortage Area: No
    In a Medically Underserved Area/Population: Yes

    Errr, what? Im assuming its just medically underserved since the hospital/trauma center is so far away.
     

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