What is the material explanation of health inequalities?
The material explanation like the cultural explanation sees the relationship link between social class and health as casual and the effects social class has on health. However, the material explanation is primarily concerned with the effects social structure has on health and how this social structure differences impacts on wealth, access and poverty. Comparing lower and upper class families, the material explanation is clearly evident. The difference in income and wealth impact on health is demonstrated in lower class families: unemployed, with no access to money having to use food tokens to survive, living in poor living conditions, overcrowded with no heating and damp in a 1 bedroom flat will cause poor health physically, which is evident as the children suffer from Asthma, impetigo and dental problems. The upper class families, on the other hand, had their own business, more than one home in a nice location. Children from these families have access to money to buy healthier meals. Although upper class families are also prone to bad lifestyle choices, they will have better health as this two-parent family combined wealth allows access to choices for treatment for the drug abuse and cocaine addiction. Upper class children receive a better education, private lessons, counselling, they will receive treatments for any illness on time and will get better medication and care which will overall result in better health.