When Physicians Terminate Patients: Assessing the Effects of Termination on Health Disparities, the Benefits of Cultural Competency, and Viable Solutions
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Despite efforts to curb health disparities within the United States, the inequalities remain. Consequently, this thesis aims to reduce health disparities by examining patient termination due to a lack of cultural competency within a vaccination framework. This thesis begins by reviewing health disparities and the role of termination within medical care. That section is followed by a discussion of the barriers to cultural competency as a reason for termination using vaccination as a case study. Next, the thesis analyzes the benefits of cultural competency. It concludes with viable solutions and examples to improve health and health care within the United States.