Access to Prostheses for Low-Income Communities and Poor Individuals

Topic: Public Health
Words: 447 Pages: 1

Outline for Informative Speech

Speech Topic: The need to expand access to prostheses for low-income communities and poor individuals in the United States (US).

General Purpose Statement: To inform.

Specific Purpose Statement: To provide insights into the barriers that poor citizens and low-income communities in the United States (US) face when trying to get prosthetic services.

Speech Introduction

Attention Getter: Appeal to the listener with an academic quote.

Relevance Statement: It is our professional duty.

Statement of Credibility: Many thematic scholarly papers have been researched.

Thesis Statement: Insufficient access to prosthetic services for low-income people is a national problem.

Now write the speech introduction fully (full sentences)

Many of you may be aware that “persons with disabilities (PWD) are at higher risk of living in poverty, being unemployed, and having less access to healthcare compared to the general population” (Magnusson et al., 2022, p. 1). We, health specialists, must advocate for expanding of access to prosthetics to those struggling economically. When I entered healthcare, my attention was immediately attracted by the financial, infrastructure unaffordability of prostheses for the poor, and I devoted much time to exploring it. I want to tell listeners that the problem of insufficient access to prosthetic services for low-income groups and individuals is prevalent in America.

Main Points

  • Low-income people with limb loss struggle every day.
    • Amputation management is complex (Krajbich et al., 2018).
    • Limb loss limits socioeconomic opportunities.
    • Existing healthcare measures are not enough, so we need to act.
  • Transition: Physiological hardships are not the only ones
  • Many low-income people cannot get prosthetic services because of their costliness (Magnusson et al., 2022).
    • Financial obstacles to healthcare before limb loss.
    • Economic barriers harden after limb loss (Lee et al., 2020).
    • We cannot stand aside because of our professional and personal ethics.
  • Transition: Financial hardships are not the only ones
  • Many low-income people cannot access prosthetics because of outdated infrastructure.
    • Many prosthetics services and treatments exist.
    • Most focus on veterans, not poor people (Rehabilitation and prosthetic services, n.d.).
    • By advocating for broader access to prosthetics for poor groups, we can help them.


Statement of Closure: Crisis in poor communities of individuals with limb loss due to the high cost and obsolete infrastructure in the US.

Recap of Main Points: These people have to deal with significant physiological challenges daily while trying to overcome monetary and infrastructural barriers to prosthetics and associated treatments.

There is a hidden, invisible health crisis in poor communities of individuals with limb loss, generated by the high cost and partly inefficient healthcare infrastructure in the US. We discussed the daily challenges such people have to overcome and the specific monetary and infrastructural barriers to getting prosthetics and associated treatments.

Reference List

Krajbich, J. I., Pinzur, M. S., Potter, B. K., & Stevens, P. M. (Eds.). (2018). Atlas of amputations & limb deficiencies: Surgical, prosthetic, and rehabilitation principles (4th ed.). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Lee, S. P., Chien, L. C., Chin, T., Fox, H., & Gutierrez, J. (2020). Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and wellbeing. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 44(5), 290-297.

Magnusson, L., Kebbie, I., & Jerwanska, V. (2022). Access to health and rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities in Sierra Leone – focus group discussions with stakeholders. BMC Health Services Research, 22(1), 1-11.

Rehabilitation and prosthetic services. (n.d.). U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Web.

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