LEC07 Oct 4 2010
Population, Health and Health Care II: Contemporary Perspectives
See pg 281-285
1. What is mean by the term “well-being”?
2. What factors affect well being?
3. What is geographical about well being?
-refers to the extent to which individuals and groups have access to the resources and services required
to meet their needs and aspirations [economic, social, psychological]
-related to “quality of life” ‘liveability’
-components of well-being include necessities (food, shelter, health) non necessities
*What factors make our cities, society more or less liveable?
FOCUS ON ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
-the georgrahic ex spatial contest of health [spatial patterns and processes of health and medical well-
The 4 DS
Distribution-spatial patterns of health, disease etc
Diffusion- spread of disease over space
Determinants-factors affecting health status ex pollution levels
Delivery-provision of health care services [where to locate emergency centres/hospitals]
**EMPHASIS ON HEALTH AND SPACE
MORTALITY: DEATH && MORBIDITY: DISEASE
-variations in mortality and morbidity [patterns and processes] observed at all geo scales
**see fig. 5.11 pg 188 What role does geo paly in our health status? Ex is our health affected by WHERE we live?
“…Good health, unlike real estate, is not a matter of location, location, location-Ham Spec
WHO defined health as “the absence of disease”
More recently, health viewed as a composite of physical, socials and emotional well-being ex as a
resource for everyday living (as necessity which affects our quality of life and liveability of our cites)
What does it mean to be healthy??
Canada Health Act:
1. Access to health care
2. Portability [province to province]
3. Publicly administered (VS PRIVATE)
4. Universality (available to all)
5. Comprehensiveness (covers everything)