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Devastating Inequalities in South Asian Healthcare

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Isaac Powell

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Holly Donahue Singh

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Healthcare in South Asia is filled with toxicity towards its own people. A functional healthcare system provides quality services for all, disregarding any differences in identity and socioeconomic status. In South Asia, however, these identifications cause many people to be harshly discriminated against in daily life and while seeking out adequate healthcare. For women in South Asia with a lower socioeconomic status (or low caste), these discriminations become extreme. The costs of medications and treatments in South Asia are expensive, and vast differences between economic levels compounds with cost to outright prevent many from being able to afford needed healing. As women are more heavily discriminated against than men, this effect only becomes worse for destitute women. From being forced to give birth on bare hospital floors to suffering unnecessary health complications from harsh, underpaying labor, this project seeks to provide truthful insight into the health-related struggles faced by poor women in South Asia.

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Devastating Inequalities in South Asian Healthcare

Healthcare in South Asia is filled with toxicity towards its own people. A functional healthcare system provides quality services for all, disregarding any differences in identity and socioeconomic status. In South Asia, however, these identifications cause many people to be harshly discriminated against in daily life and while seeking out adequate healthcare. For women in South Asia with a lower socioeconomic status (or low caste), these discriminations become extreme. The costs of medications and treatments in South Asia are expensive, and vast differences between economic levels compounds with cost to outright prevent many from being able to afford needed healing. As women are more heavily discriminated against than men, this effect only becomes worse for destitute women. From being forced to give birth on bare hospital floors to suffering unnecessary health complications from harsh, underpaying labor, this project seeks to provide truthful insight into the health-related struggles faced by poor women in South Asia.