Rising Health care costs: how to control it In U.S., spending on health care has been growing at a faster pace than spending in rest of economy since 1960s. The government was spending 4.7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) at that time, which grew to 16.2% in 2007, and is expected to rise to 20% of GDP by 2017(1). Without any drastic measures, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these numbers will project to 25% of GDP in 2025, 30% by 2035, and 49% in 2082 (2). The major components of U.S. health care spending are hospitals (31%), physician and clinical services (21%), pharmaceuticals (10%), and other spending (25%) (3).
The other elements of legislation including age retirement, SSDI, SSI, Medicaid and Medicare help each individual for a continuous source of income and to improve their health. However, there are individual who will take advantage of these benefits and is causing damage on each program resource. Congress needs to address how to preserve the benefits for those who truly need them versus the ones who are capable of working to provide for their family. It is predicated by 2033, there will be 2.1 workers for each beneficiary. In order for Social Security to continue functioning the working population has to increase compared to the retired
The nature of the current debate surrounding the implementation of universal healthcare in America is troubling because it is comprised almost entirely of pragmatic arguments void of concern for the principles behind the project. Before one asks how much a thing will cost, how it will be organized, or whether “the uninsured” will benefit, one should ask whether enacting universal healthcare is in keeping with the values and principles of the American experiment. In other words, is universal healthcare good for America?
Health care cost has seen to increase gradually as years go by. This has been influenced by major factors such as political influence, emerging chronic diseases, new procedures that are coming up including the technologies being invented for treating illnesses, pricing of medicines and treatment is not regulated and when treating ailment their may arise repetition of tests or a patient gets over treated for a particular ailment.
Main Argument: P1: The costs of health care would decrease if we have universal health care. P2: Universal healthcare needs to be available for everyone just like education is. P3: Having healthcare would allow individuals to get the health care that they so deserve. C:
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.
I believe as a society we have moral obligation to provide healthcare to all the citizens of our nation. How would that become possible is the question? No matter what we choose as the solution to this problem, there will always be pros and cons. I think the answer is socialized medicine. Can a country like the US have socialized medicine? Yes we can, we are of a few who don’t. The cost of healthcare has been driven up so high that no one can afford it. My employers in Illinois is now insuring only the employee under the benefit plan and the spouse must use their employer, this can equate to much higher cost and employee dissatisfaction. I also see many people who bought plans from the marketplace applying for Medicaid as a supplement because with a high deductible of $15,000 they didn’t realize that they would continue to pay until the deductible amount is met. This is out of control.
In the U.S, the citizens and government have been working at getting a universal healthcare system for nearly a decade. Many times, advocates for a universal system such as this, have believed that they were on the verge of success, but time and time again they got shot down. Other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, and France have had universal healthcare since the 1890’s, almost as long the U.S has been trying to get it themselves. During this time the U.S government left the matter of healthcare into the hands of the states, and the states left it into the hands of private and voluntary programs, which of course, eventually lead to the wealthy having more benefits because they were able to able to afford what these programs had to offer
Oberlander Johnson discusses the pros and cons of a single payer health care system. Johnson says that the issue of health care has become a hot topic due to the emergence of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. While many Presidents in the past like Harry Truman have tried and failed a single payer health care system, what has occurred is incremental health reforms like Medicare which is national health care for the elderly. The most recent change to the health care system is the Affordable Health care Act and while Johnson says the bill has expanded insurance, there are still many problems in the American health care system which is why there is so many calls from single payer advocates for significant change. Despite the ACA there are
A Call for a Single Payer Universal Health Care System As the 2016 Presidential Elections draw near, the topic of much debate is that of healthcare. Some candidates vow for universal healthcare and mandate health insurance for all, while others believe that tax credits and health savings accounts will resolve the current crisis. Consequently, the nation has been divided on which plan to support and move forward with. Some fear universal health care will diminish the quality of care and lead to long waits, while others fear that health savings accounts and tax credits won’t be enough to insure all and will do little to diminish the administrative costs of the current system. Ultimately because healthcare is a basic right that should be guaranteed
Another efficient advantage is due to the fact that on average primary level health care are less expensive compared to secondary and tertiary health care such as specialists. This means that due to gatekeeping, patients that don’t require specialist (secondary health care) do not get to see them, reducing in cost majorly. For example, a study that was conducted in 2014 found that since Austria is not subjected to gatekeeping, patients in Austria tend to seek specialist 4 times more compared to countries that are subjected to gatekeeping (Laura, 2015). This means that cost is higher due to higher over-utilization of
Universal health care is a valuable service and should be available in all countries. In many countries millions of people suffer from not having access to healthcare they deserve or not being able to pay for the healthcare they need. In the states alone, an estimated 50 million people do not have insurance because of the inability to pay for it. Universal health care would be beneficial to all countries because it would not exclude anyone from getting the necessary help, it would prevent the insurance companies from denying care, and it would contribute to preventative care to take place.
Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/204518361?accountid=41759 CONCLUSION Our main focus should be to advocate for the coverage that would particularly benefit the patient rather than the particular model of funding. The essential features are universal health care (everyone must be covered), continuous health care coverage, affordability of insurance, economic sustainability for society, and provision of high-quality, timely, and equitable care that promotes patients' well-being. Practical geriatrics: Medicare managed mental health care: A looming crisis.
“Healthcare Reform 101,” written by Rick Panning (2014), is a wonderful article that describes, in an easy-to-understand language, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. The main goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was to provide affordable, quality healthcare to Americans while simultaneously reducing some of the country’s economic problems. Two areas will be covered throughout this paper. The first section will include a summary of the major points and highlights of Panning’s (2014) article, including an introduction to the ACA, goals of the signed legislation, provided coverage, and downfalls of the current healthcare system. The second part will be comprised of a professional