Patients have suffered unnecessarily due to lack of health care, and “18,000 Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance” (PNHP). Health care is essential for Americans despite pre-existing conditions, and a free market insurance program would allow citizens to received the health care that is so desperately needed. A universal health care system is a matter of human rights and would solve America’s problem of one sixth of the population being
There has to be some type of insurance that is affordable for every person that provides them with at least the minimum benefits. Some health benefits are better than none at all. This will give people a higher expectancy of living a longer life, as oppose to somebody who has no medical coverage. Our lack of universal coverage has consequences. According to government and private studies, about 22,000 of our fellow Americans die each year of treatable diseases because they lack insurance and can’t afford a doctor.
For a majority of enrollees with lower incomes, the federal subsidies make the premiums more affordable. For those even closer to the poverty line, they can receive additional subsidies that reduce the deductibles even more. But for many middle class families that earn an average income of $97,000 for a family of four, the health coverage premiums and deductibles have sky-rocketed (Luhby). This is causing a huge amount of Americans opting to stay uninsured, rather than spend thousands a year. According to a Kaiser study, 46% of uninsured adults tried to get coverage but did not because it was too expensive (Luhby, 2017).
Organs typically have a short transplant time, lungs and hearts have 5 hours or less, liver and intestines have around 10 hours or fewer etc. In his essay, Krauthammer talks mainly about kidneys. Kidneys can typically stay 19-20 hours outside the body and a max of 35 hours before it goes bad. With a dead person’s kidney, the kidney can also get damaged in transportation. This time gets less because the doctor has to make sure that the kidney is healthy enough to be donated and that it’s matched to the correct donor so the organ doesn’t get rejected.
When ObamaCare was passed, Americans were assured that it would provide insurance for 32 million people who did not have any coverage. Four years later, ObamaCare has covered far fewer new people, between 10% and 20% of what was promised, and about half of those were through an expansion of Medicaid—a burden that will eventually bankrupt the states—rather than through ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges. Most of the people buying insurance through the exchanges are those who were kicked out of their previous health insurance plans by new regulations. It turns out that if we liked our health insurance, Americans could not keep it. For some, this will be bad.
Usually the medication advertised has more problems than the condition it is treating. In addition, advertisements have changed the doctor-patient relationship. DTC advertising has changed the way doctors and patients communicate for worse. Naomi Freundlich writes in her article about medication advertisements: “Fewer than 10% of physicians believe direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) is a positive trend in health care. Doctors report that they now spend more time explaining to patients why an expensive new drug is no better than the one they already take, or that the patient isn 't suffering from a nebulous condition like fibromyalgia, just the normal aches and pains of aging.” This pressures physicians to prescribe when patients come in requesting a particular newer (not necessarily better), more expensive medication by name.
About 500 million people are affected from malnutrition, and 10 million die a year. One way to help them is to have more nutrition programs. Even though nutrition programs are very helpful towards the people in developing nations, there are some bad issues that can affect the power of the solution. Nutrition programs do in fact save many people's lives, but because the programs are most of the time voluntary, there are not enough people to help. If there are not enough people to help, then the people in developing countries cannot receive their proper nutrition.
I feel with some funding we could find cures for these diseases because everyone should donate or become a donor. I also feel the government not funding the labs and doctors so these breakthroughs can happen and more and more people are dying because of it. The government also needs to help raise awareness for organ donation and encourage people to become a donor. Because one donation saves 8 lives think about the number of people that are on the waiting list for a transplant. What if every person was able to become a donor?
Although most people think that having no money makes you homeless, in fact, to be considered homeless you just have to not have a permanent home. Some statistics would be 55% unemployed, 33% alcohol abuse, 15% drug abuse, 3% physically disabled (O’Reilly-Fleming 38). Homelessness usually starts from tragic life occurrences/events, death, job loss, violence, and disabilities. On the other hand, a multitude of
This nation spends more money on healthcare than any other country and is still not able to provide better healthcare than those countries. I also agree with the article in terms on patient taking advantage of Medicaid/Medicare programs and demanding over-treatment. As an insurance administrator, my job is to run eligibility and benefits for all patients in our office which consists of almost thirty specialists, and when I run legibility, I see the same patient visiting different specialists on a daily basis. It is not always necessary that the patients only encourage over treatment, many physicians also encourage over treatment but regardless of who encourages it, the government suffers. After reading the article I realize the importance of the quality of healthcare.
Sometimes, if the lower income family does have insurance, it does not cover the evaluations and they are very expensive for out of pocket payment. Currently, in some states there are very limited options for people who have Medicaid for their primary insurance. If a psychologist does take Medicaid, the waiting list can be months, even years. It has been established that if a state has better reimbursement schedules, then treatment is more readily available. With the opposite being true with lower reimbursement rates (Thomas, Parish, Rose, & Kilany, 2012).
It has been estimated that between two thousand and ten thousand dollars a month" (Dworkin 187). The cost to keep these patients is cringe worthy and there are very few patients that are wealthy enough to sustain the costs. For those who are not wealthy the cost and burden of debt falls onto love ones. Most family members do not usually think of the costs while they are still on this earth but when they pass away they are left with a huge hospital bill, sometimes leaving people bankrupt. Ronald Dworkin, author of Power for Life, said that "most patients want to spare there love ones with burdens of keeping them alive (193).
I 've learned while conducting these interviews that both indivuials have similar issues within the healthcare system. one of the biggest issues both interviewees faces was the cost of healthcare and health insurance coverage. One of the interviewees has a chronic illness, and at times has to decide if she wants to purchase her needed medication or to buy groceries for herself and her family. The other interviewee although employed, doesn 't have health insurance coverage because its too costly every month. it seems they 're both appreciative of the fact there is a somewhat healthcare system with health care providers and professionals available to them, but feels its only available if you have health insurance coverage.