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Autism and being poor.

In North America on April 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

Boston, MA — 

Being poor is bad for you. It’s that simple. And it’s not fair. Especially when you are a kid.
This is particularly bad news given that just last week the Centers for Disease Control reported that the rate of autism has risen to one in 88(one in 54 in boys!). The largest increases were in Hispanic (110 percent) and black (91 percent)–kids who, according to the study, are less likely to make real gains.
But here’s the thing: it’s not just autism. Being poor really is plain old bad for you, especially when you have a chronic disease like autism or asthma or obesity. I see it in my practice: despite my best efforts, children with chronic disease who are poor, whose parents are minority and less educated, do less well. There’s so much about being poor that affects health–your home environment (which can have unhealthy exposures), your ability to afford medications and get to appointments, your ability to be home with your children (instead of working two jobs to make ends meet) or enroll them in extra activities that could help them.
As I listen to news stories about the Supreme Court arguments over health insurance, I can’t help feeling like we are colossally missing the point. Instead of getting upset over individual mandates, we should be getting upset–really upset–over the fact that so many people are doomed to poor health because of their income, their education, or the color of their skin.
A study has just been released that enclosed shocking information about poor and minority families in the United States, and the slim chances for them to see gains in their children with autism. It states that white, well educated parent(s), with children diagnosed with autism have a better chance to become ‘high functioning’, while minority children are less likely to yield the same results.
The conclusion was lucid according to experts, the costs of treatment, medicine, and activities to help their children function at a higher rate is reduced based off the lack of income and less time spent with their children.
The study was released as the Supreme Court is deliberating on whether to deem ‘Obama Care’ constitutionally legal or not. It’s a stark reminder on why medical treatment in the United States is based on what you can afford or not. Doctors around the nation have both agreed on the basis of affordable health-care, while others have not. The issue still remains that in America, your treatment is based solely upon your income and the unfortunate children are the ones who fall victim in this political debacle.
– Viktor.
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