Most other wealthy and industrialized countries have made significant progress toward having a universal health care system. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “The USA is currently the only high-income country without nearly universal health-care coverage” (Rice et al.). If the US stands out this
Zutshi 1 ENC 1101 20 September 2014 Universal Healthcare: America's Savior? A long debated hot topic, the implementation of Universal Healthcare within the United States is growing in importance as the currently administered health care system is one of the worst out of all developed, and even some under-developed countries. Many countries ensure healthcare to their citizens as a basic right, while in the United States there are approximately 45 million uninsured, and many more under-insured.
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.
Having accessibility to any form of healthcare is important to everyone in the world. Despite the fact that it is available to most countries, it does not mean that it is available to everyone. Being able to possess healthcare is seen as a gift in some parts of the world. In some countries, healthcare is free and accessible for all inhabitants, while in other countries one would have to pay for their own health insurance. Specifically, when focusing on Italy and America, there are major differences regarding their healthcare systems.
Also, some individuals in the society are lazy and do not want to actively contribute to their healthcare. The universal healthcare in this regard may be projected to increase healthcare accessibility, but practically promote instances of personal irresponsibility and laziness. Additionally, people may tend to live carelessly since their health need has been taken care (Dye et al., 2013). The cost of healthcare in the country is way too high compared to the available resources and respective budget allocations.
This is much cheaper than the United States costs of seeing a doctor and may be a reason why Japanese people are much more healthy than Americans. Americans tend to avoid going to the doctor because of how expensive it can be with or without health
As Bernie Sanders once said, “Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege.” Most developed countries choose to live by this quote while the United States of America chooses to go against it. Universal health care has benefits on multiple levels, whether it’s a single individual or the people in a whole. The U.S is one of the few developed countries that doesn’t offer universal health care to their people, yet the U.S spends more than seventeen percent of their GDP on health insurance. Many people believe that universal health care is a simple one solution problem, but the truth is that there are multiple forms of universal health care that provide all citizens with the health insurance they need.
The Affordable Care Act: Bad For Some, Great For Millions For sometime, many US citizens have not had the resources to acquire an adequate health insurance plan. Although faced by many oppositions, the US government has found a solution, The Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare”, is a US healthcare reform law that focuses mainly on providing more Americans with access to an affordable health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is said to expand the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms. Signed into law by President Obama in March 2010, hence the nickname “Obamacare”, the
Living a healthy life is a struggle to some American citizens, being able to afford to be healthy poses a significant challenge to some Americans. With the costs of a hospital visit potentially being greater than a thousand dollars, many Americans choose to forego treatment and hope they recover from their ailment without medical attention. To combat this issue, president Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to encourage Americans to sign up for health insurance to be able to afford healthcare. The ACA provides subsidies to low income families and individuals, fines businesses who do not provide health insurance to full time employees, expand existing federal and state health plans, and sets a standard for health insurance policies. Additionally, since the introduction of the ACA into the American healthcare system, insurance premiums have not increased at the same rate they have previously.
The U.S. could follow models of universal healthcare that have been proven to work in other countries, like Canada and Sweden, in which to lay the framework of a new system of universal healthcare. It would provide coverage for citizens of every economic class via whichever avenue of funding proves to be most efficient. The success of universal healthcare in other nations proves that this is an achievable goal, well within the realm of
In this essay, "In Health. We 're Not No.1," Robert J. Samuelson argues that it turns out that being American is bad for you health, relative speaking. An exhaustive statistics and studies show that Americans ' health is at the lowest levels in compared to most advanced countries. The United Sates possess a higher death rates 15 over 21 illnesses and a lower life expectancy of 78.2 years in compare of 83 years by Japan.
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
For both the uninsured group and those who are eligible for government assistance because of their low economic position, access to health is limited by the number of private providers willing to treat them. In many cases private providers are linked to particular private health insurance companies and won 't accept patients outside their network. These people must then rely on the overburdened public health system for care, and as such usually only seek treatment in emergencies. The public health system, while filled with competent staff, is nevertheless restricted by its funding and can therefore not always provide all these patients with the best quality of care. The inequality in health care access is a continuing issue in America and as such it is important for future consumers and workers on the Foothill College campus to have a thorough understanding of the issue so they can move to improve the problem in the
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.
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.