Direct Effects of Class• Longevity• Healthcare: – More choices = better care – Case Study: Jean - Upper Class, Will - Middle Class, and Ewa - Lower Class
Upper Class Patient• Lives/works in a nicer neighborhood with multiple healthcare facilities close by, money is no problem – facilities have well trained doctors and specialists on call.• Easy access to rehabilitation programs and specialists.• Support Systems
Middle Class Patient• Lives/works in nice neighborhoods, however usually less choice in healthcare facilities and doctors.• Rehabilitation programs available but not always convenient or affordable• Some support systems
Lower Class Patient• Lives /works in neighborhood where proper healthcare facilities are a farther distance away.• Rehabilitation programs are inconvenient( if available at all) and too expensive.• Support systems almost nonexistent.
Differences in Upbringing• Healthcare• Choice of schools• Extra curricular activities• Work experience
How does class affecthigher education?• College dropout rate is rising• Almost 1 in 3 Americans in their mid- twenties fall into this category, up from 1 in 5 in the late 1960’s.
How does social class factor in?• Affirmative Action - colleges are actively recruiting low-income students. – In 2004 only 41% of low-income students entering a four year college graduated within 5 years as opposed to 66% of high-income students.• Barriers to going back – Lower income students have less support systems at college.
What it all adds up to• College graduates have received steady pay increases over the past two decades – Everyone else’s has risen little over inflation• As a result, income mobility in America has stopped rising.