Hannah Rudzki 6 June 2023 APUSH Debate Over Universal Healthcare in the US Time and time again, debates over universal healthcare appear in the US. This could be directly between politicians or between you and your mother in law at the dinner table. Either way, the topic remains one of some seriousness. Universal healthcare is the idea that the government would guarantee citizens quality healthcare without extreme financial hardship. There are a wide variety of ways this can be done, and almost every developed country has universal healthcare. The United States is an exception. This leads many people to believe that the United States should also have universal healthcare, but a large number of people disagree with that, and believe the US …show more content…
The system becomes mixed when the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, and Medicaid are considered. The majority of people in the United States have something called health insurance. Health insurance protects someone from having to pay full costs when obtaining healthcare. A health insurance company is paid a certain amount (specifically calculated for the individual, based on multiple factors) usually monthly. Then, when that person has a medical bill, the insurance company will pay for a portion so that their customers don’t have to pay for everything out of pocket. In the US most obtain health insurance through their employer as a benefit. This means that their employer helps them tp pay that fee towards the insurance company. This becomes a problem because not everyone is employed, nor does every employer have health insurance as a benefit. Even in cases where someone does have good benefits, if they lose their job, then they lose …show more content…
For example, in the UK, they have socialized medicine. This means the government owns the hospitals, and all healthcare workers are government employees. In this system, regular citizens pay nothing for healthcare. In Canada, they have a single-payer system. This means that the government pays for health insurance for everyone, so the government is often the one paying hospitals. This means Canadians pay little to nothing for healthcare. France has statutory health insurance, so people in the country pay little to nothing for healthcare and the government takes care of it. Switzerland does have private insurance, but it is heavily regulated and all citizens must have it. The government would help low income families that can’t afford it. While not the only countries with universal healthcare, these countries offer good examples for systems the US could set
Universal Health Care Could Have Saved More Than 330,000 U.S. Lives during COVID states that the U.S. also could have saved $105.6 billion in health-care costs associated with hospitalizations from the disease—on top of the estimated $438 billion that could be saved in a non pandemic year. In recent years COVID has cost the US billions of dollars in healthcare services. This could have been prevented if the US had universal healthcare services. If people in the US had free rights to medical services, they could receive the simple treatments that would prevent diseases like COVID in the future. Once sicknesses and diseases get more intense the medical services that are needed cost more money.
Healthcare and access to medical aid vary from country to country, and because of this inconsistency, there has been an ongoing debate on which country has it right. While America is Canada’s closest neighbour, our countries have prominent differences when comparing our Healthcare Systems. Although the United States health care has vastly improved since 2010, the system still acts with major flaws leaving over 30 million residents without health coverage today. Throughout this essay, I will be comparing at the drastic differences of Healthcare Systems in Canada and the United States. The most prevalent differences between the two healthcare systems would be that Canada has a universal healthcare plan for citizens and the U.S has private and public plan.
The Canadian 1986 health care act directs that Canadians should receive universal access to care services despite their employment, age, status, income, or state of health (Bielska et al. 4). Despite the pros of universal healthcare services in Canada, the downside outweighs them. The downsides include the long lead times. Canada
Why doesn’t the USA have a universal healthcare system? Despite being one of the biggest world economies, the USA doesn’t guarantee its citizens a tax-funded, widely accessible healthcare system. The US spends amounts orders of magnitude higher than any other country in the world but still ranks 22 out of 35 industrialized OCED countries in their citizens' life expectancy. The main reason for that is a dysfunctional healthcare system comprising different insurance companies, independent providers, and healthcare system providers. Of course, several policies try to help people that find themselves in unfortunate situations.
Implications of Universal Healthcare in the United States “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman,” words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr during a 1966 conference for the Medical Committee for Human Rights. Yet almost 60 years later, while the world’s wealthiest nations offer Universal Healthcare, the United States is the only one that does not. The United States is considered to be the leader of the free world. One that has led the world in innovation, discovery, economic growth, and cultural influence. What kind of leadership are we showing and what kind of future can we hope for, if we do not put the health and well-being of our residents at the forefront of policy?
Kade Styron Professor Mosley English 1101 21 February 2023 Universal Healthcare: Is it For America? Universal health care in America may sound like a dream, but it would be a flawed system. Universal Health Care is a system in which everyone has equal access to free healthcare without discrimination. Currently, America has a mixed system of health care.
“Canada's universal, publicly funded health-care system—known as Medicare—is a source of national pride, and a model of universal health coverage. It provides relatively equitable access to physician and hospital services through 13 provincial and territorial tax-funded public insurance plans.” (Lancet 1) Canada’s taxes are higher than the U.S., but the citizens don’t mind paying them, with all the good benefits they get with them. Canada’s sense of nationalism was higher than ever when they first got universal healthcare. Canada’s citizens live a healthier and happier
Health care should not be considered a political argument in America; it is a matter of basic human rights. Something that many people seem to forget is that the US is the only industrialized western nation that lacks a universal health care system. The National Health Care Disparities Report, as well as author and health care worker Nicholas Conley and Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), strongly suggest that the US needs a universal health care system. The most secure solution for many problems in America, such as wasted spending on a flawed non-universal health care system and 46.8 million Americans being uninsured, is to organize a national health care program in the US that covers all citizens for medical necessities.
In 2005, "45 million American lacked health insurance." Which is because most insurance is provided through a person 's job, or hospital. One third of America 's young adults are uninsured. Many people can buy private insurance, but many also cannot because of already existing medical concerns and many costs. Universal Systems would work well because it guarentees that everyone gains health care, regardless of past, given them yearly checkups and pretentative care, meaning they wouldn 't have to wait until it 's "too late" in order to get medical care.
Universal single-tier health care is not only a Canadian institution, but also the most efficient and ethical system of healthcare for Canadians. Our single-tier health care system has been the bragging point of the benefits of being a Canadian and will always be. Furthermore, a two-tier system would be incredibly expensive to implement, and raises the danger of a deteriorating public health care system and creates a gap between the rich and the poor. A two-tier system would mean that two people facing the same problem would have a difference in level of care based primarily on their ability to afford private care.
Countries like Canada and Denmark and the United Kingdom and Sweden guarantee healthcare as a right and have a single payer system. It is declared a human right in those countries because, as everyone would agree, healthcare is a necessity. Many also argue that the cost of health insurance is too high and people can not pay for healthcare. This is true. If your employer does not provide your insurance it can be very difficult to be covered.
One of the many topics that have been talked about is whether health care should go universal in the US. Should people be given free medical care that's payed for by the government or should private insurances stay? The answer is yes and here is why. What is health care?