The effect of socioeconomic status on treatment of cancer in India
Dr. Sandesh KS, Dr. Sheethal Rajshekar Rai, Dimple Rajshekar Rai, Ishwara Naik CH
Healthcare is an essential element in the lives of all humans, yet it is controlled by so many factors that determine how it can be delivered. The difference in the social class and economic status of individuals contribute to the disparity in the treatment of some conditions mostly because of the costs incurred and processes required. As for the case of India and its population, the significant factors hindering cancer treatment include late diagnosis of the condition affected by various social beliefs and cultures. On the other hand, while cancer centers do exist, the infrastructure in some regions deters most patients from accessing the services provided. It is also observed that the high numbers of cancer patients exceed that of the oncologists giving them a hard time to manage each as required and expected. Despite the information and rate of literacy among Indian women, breast cancer is prevailing making it a concern to all involved stakeholders. The research conducted on what causes cancer and the reasons it is on the rise has helped healthcare practitioners to come up with relevant solutions that ease treatment and allocation of information. The goal of all cancer centers is to inform individuals of all the cancer causes for them to play a role in prevention. On the other hand, more oncologists are needed, so training as many individuals a possible will help curb the patient: doctor ratio disparity.